NBC says it has reached a deal with ''Tonight'' host Conan O'Brien for his exit from the show, allowing Jay Leno to return to the late-night program he hosted for 17 years. The deal is worth a reported $44 million.NBC is giving Conan the royal shaft here. After 7 months there will be no more Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. It was said that the executive at NBC didn't anticipate Leno's reticence at leaving The Tonight Show and Conan being unwilling to take a later time slot to accommodate a change.
Network spokeswoman Allison Gollust confirmed the deal early Thursday but did not offer any other details. Earlier, The Wall Street Journal reported that O'Brien will get $32 million and that the network agreed to pay his staff $12 million in severance.
I also know Jay Leno said that he really didn't want to leave, however, he didn't want to create a situation similar to that where David Letterman went to CBS after he didn't succeed Johnny Carson. It was expected at first that Letterman would succeed Johnny, however, NBC went with Leno for Tonight.
I know Conan won't be hard up, but he's still getting shafted here!
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