EXCLUSIVE: Sources tell me tonight CBS tried to hire Conan O’Brien to host this year’s Tony Awards on June 13th. But he had to turn down the offer because of the restrictions NBC put on his activities until September 1st in exchange for that giant $40 million payout for himself and his Tonight Show staff. Boo. Hiss. This would have been fun since Coco did a great job hosting the Emmys in 2002 and again in 2006. Anyway, I love how Les Moonves at least tried to mess with Jeff Zucker over this.