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  • 01/12 - O'Brien rejects NBC's proposal to follow Leno at 12:05 a.m.

    MSN Entertainment

    Conan O'Brien will not be returning to the "The Tonight Show" if it starts airing at 12:05 a.m. instead of 11:35 p.m. O'Brien released the statement below on Tuesday afternoon.

    People of Earth:

    In the last few days, I've been getting a lot of sympathy calls, and I want to start by making it clear that no one should waste a second feeling sorry for me. For 17 years, I've been getting paid to do what I love most and, in a world with real problems, I've been absurdly lucky. That said, I've been suddenly put in a very public predicament and my bosses are demanding an immediate decision.

    Six years ago, I signed a contract with NBC to take over "The Tonight Show" in June of 2009. Like a lot of us, I grew up watching Johnny Carson every night and the chance to one day sit in that chair has meant everything to me. I worked long and hard to get that opportunity, passed up far more lucrative offers, and since 2004 I have spent literally hundreds of hours thinking of ways to extend the franchise long into the future. It was my mistaken belief that, like my predecessor, I would have the benefit of some time and, just as important, some degree of ratings support from the prime-time schedule. Building a lasting audience at 11:30 is impossible without both.

    But sadly, we were never given that chance. After only seven months, with my "Tonight Show" in its infancy, NBC has decided to react to their terrible difficulties in prime-time by making a change in their long-established late night schedule.

    Last Thursday, NBC executives told me they intended to move "The Tonight Show" to 12:05 to accommodate "The Jay Leno Show" at 11:35. For 60 years "The Tonight Show" has aired immediately following the late local news. I sincerely believe that delaying the Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. "The Tonight Show" at 12:05 simply isn't "The Tonight Show." Also, if I accept this move I will be knocking the "Late Night" show, which I inherited from David Letterman and passed on to Jimmy Fallon, out of its long-held time slot. That would hurt the other NBC franchise that I love, and it would be unfair to Jimmy.

    So it has come to this: I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it. My staff and I have worked unbelievably hard and we are very proud of our contribution to the legacy of "The Tonight Show." But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction. Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesn't matter. But with "The Tonight Show," I believe nothing could matter more.

    There has been speculation about my going to another network but, to set the record straight, I currently have no other offer and honestly have no idea what happens next. My hope is that NBC and I can resolve this quickly so that my staff, crew, and I can do a show we can be proud of, for a company that values our work.

    Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair; it's always been that way.

    Yours,

    Conan
    "when your hero falls from grace
    all fairy tales are uncovered
    myths exposed and pain magnified
    the greatest pain discovered"
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  • #2
    very sad .. but good for Conan that he isnt giving in to those idiots
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    • #3
      go Conan

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      • #4
        Hope something works out, Conan is hilarious.
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        • #5
          fuck nbc, leno isnt even fuckin funny. guaranteed wherever conan ends up hes gonna rip on leno all kinds
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          • #6
            jesus, can leno just retire already so we don't have to lose the only genuinely funny talk show host left on tv. he had his run, now let conan do what he does best without all this other bullshit. nbc, don't fuck this up!!!!1
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            • #7
              yeah why cant he just fuck off .. he steps down giving Conan the show and now he's pretty much just taking it back !
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              • #8
                what an indian move by Leno.
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                • #9
                  I'm calling it, Conan will be somewhere else. He can't quit because of his contract, but he can be fired. Refusing to show up for work will result in that, and Conan will be free. Fuck NBC. First they fuck Letterman, now this.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Kaoticz View Post
                    I'm calling it, Conan will be somewhere else. He can't quit because of his contract, but he can be fired. Refusing to show up for work will result in that, and Conan will be free. Fuck NBC. First they fuck Letterman, now this.
                    he can leave nbc because they were the ones that breached his contract, but if another network signs him for less than 80 milli, nbc will have to pay conan the difference since that's what they initially offered him. at least that's what reports are saying.


                    i think conan is smart for doing this, maybe it'll force nbc and leno to reconsider and let the tonight show remain at 11:30, the way its been all along. after all those years hosting, leno should have enough respect for the franchise to revolve his future schedule around it now that he's gone
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                    • #11
                      Get money Conan.


                      NBC is straight up shitting on the legacy of The Tonight Show.
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                      • #12
                        But why is his hair the way it is all the time
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                        • #13
                          ^Atleast he aplogized for it haha
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                          • #14
                            if i'm conan i'd sign with fox or abc for 1 cent per year for the duration of that contract just to fuck over nbc for dicking him, and they would have to pay him the 19.99999999 million to watch him destroy their weak leno ratings.

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                            • #15
                              major fucking props to conan for telling them to pound fucking dirt. NBC fucked up big time. jay will be done in a few more years and then they have their dick in their hands. Fallon aint taking over, jon stewart/ colbert won't touch that. it isn't the type of roll your just thrown into...you generally are groomed for it one way or another.

                              conan going to fox is okay i guess. i would of preferred like hbo
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