Conan: Deal Finalized

01/21/2010 at 12:06 pm | Posted in Net/Spec | 1 Comment
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It’s been reported today that a deal between NBC & Conan has been reached.  As of today, the agreement is finalized for The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien to air their final show this Friday, January 22nd.  Jay Leno would then resume his tenure hosting the show on March 1st.

The details are that Conan is leaving with a $45 million payout.  $33 million going to Conan, and $12 million will be distributed to his staff.  He will also be supplementing his staff’s severence out of his pocket (during the writer’s strike he was one of the talents who paid their people while off the air).  As previously reported on here, last week Leno signed a new deal with NBC that would give him The Tonight Show; yet negotiations with Conan were not finished due to Conan insisting that NBC take care of his crew.  A lot of people moved from New York to LA with Conan to work on the new show, and Conan was insisting that they be taken care of.

Conan: Super-Boss

However, not everyone gets to leave with him.  Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Conando, In the Year 3000, and the rest of his comedy bits are intellectual property of NBC.  There may be deals made for certain characters/bits, but those aren’t being considered currently.  So it looks like a certain bear that would visit Conan will now be doing his usual activity out of loneliness, not for laughs.

Bear will now have to work pro bono

Conan will be able to work for another network starting September.  It’s being reported that Conan & NBC cannot speak negatively about each other until that time.  Even if he talks about NBC after that point, they could still sue for defamation.

Max Weinberg & Andy Richter will be working out their contracts with NBC separately.

As for where he’ll be headed after this, there’s a lot of speculation.  Some reports name certain networks, while other reports claim those networks aren’t interested, so I’ll refrain from jumping on that name-game. 

Where would YOU like Conan to land?  Seeing as how he was going to be bumped out regardless, do you think he got a fair deal?

Let me know what you think.

In the meantime, let’s remember the last late night (mock) feud that was actually fun:

O'Brien v. Colbert & Stewart


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