Posts Tagged ‘Conan O’Brien’

from http://www.deadline.com:

conan-o_brien.jpgEXCLUSIVE: 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.

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From  EOnline:
Kevin Eubanks, Jay LenoIf this isn’t an indication that Jay Leno‘s bandleader was a closet Team CoCo supporter, we don’t know what is. Except maybe our wishful thinking. (more…)

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From Eonline.com:

Tilda Swinton, Conan O'Brien

Conan O’Brien‘s suggested HBO project may be one giant step closer to fruition.

On his final night hosting the Tonight Show, CoCo suggested that the pay cable channel turned the recent late night melodrama into a movie. And, when they do, he knows the perfect star to play him: Academy Award-winning actress Tilda Swinton.


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“To all the people watching, I can never thank you enough for your kindness to me and I’ll think about it for the rest of my life. All I ask of you is one thing: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism- it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere.

Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen…”

Watch Conan’s final Tonight Show on Hulu

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from TMZ.com:
Conan O'Brien, The Tonight ShowConan O’Brien is losing “The Tonight Show” but he’ll be getting a $32.5 million consolation prize courtesy of NBC … sources tell TMZ.

In return, we’ve learned Conan has agreed to sit on the bench until September. Translation — he can’t host another show until the fall.

In addition to the $32.5 mil, we’ve learned NBC is also paying severance to Conan’s “Tonight Show” employees. In all, we’re told NBC’s payout is around $40 million.

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2010/01/19/conan-obrien-the-tonight-show-nbc-deal-32-million-dollars-deal-masterbating-bear-triumph-the-insult-comic-dog-fox/#ixzz0d4xiRJXl (more…)

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from http://abcnews.go.com/:

Hours after releasing a statement that he will not do “The Tonight Show” if his new airtime is 12:05 a.m., late night comedian Conan O’Brien took to the airwaves pulling no punches. After receiving more applause than usual, O’Brien urged his fans to settle down, quipping that “I may not have that much time.”

His employer, NBC, had planned to unceremoniously oust the host from his 11:35 p.m. ET time slot come February to make room for a Jay Leno program.

“My name is Conan O’Brien and I may soon be available for children’s parties,” he announced.

He then reminisced about watching the “Tonight Show” as a child. “I remember watching Johnny Carson and thinking, someday I’m going to host that show for seven months,” he said.

But O’Brien, seemingly uninterested in currying favor with NBC, let one of his staff writers, Deon Cole, deliver some of his harsher barbs. In a racy bit, Cole compared O’Brien to a prostitute and the network to his pimp.

“Do you make people happy before they go to sleep,” Cole asked O’Brien. “Has Charlie Sheen ever been on your couch?”

Verteran NBC newsman Tom Brokaw was O’Brien’s first guest of the evening and started by comparing himself to the crazy old uncle who gets wheeled out to a family reunion without realizing a feud was brewing.

“I also understand your anger and I wish you only happiness in your life,” Brokaw told O’Brien. “It’s hard for me to imagine you not a member of the family.”

In the statement released today, the late night comedian did not make clear whether he plans to stay with NBC. In the wake of releasing his statement, the Internet rallied around O’Brien, turning him into a trending topic on Twitter, with fans voicing support for “Team Conan.”

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from the Associated Press:

BC said Sunday it decided to pull the plug on the Jay Leno experiment when some affiliate stations considered dropping the nightly prime-time show, and the network is waiting to hear if Leno and “Tonight” host Conan O’Brien accept its new late-night TV plans. (more…)

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From TMZ.com:

We’ve learned Jay’s 10:00 PM show will go on hiatus February 1. After the Olympics, Jay will take back his 11:30 PM time slot. What has not been decided — whether Jay’s show will be a half hour, followed by Conan, or whether Jay’s show will be an hour and NBC says sayonara to Mr. O’Brien.

We’re told Jay and Conan have both been told of the changes. As for Jay, interestingly, he’ll get what he always wanted — his 11:30 PM time slot.

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