Although Conan is most definitely leaving NBC’s Tonight Show by the end of this month, fans will have to wait until September to see him with his own show again, according to the New York Times.
Also, he’s going to have to share a portion of that reported $40 million payout from NBC.
The financial terms include a payment of about $40 million by NBC, though Mr. O’Brien will not personally receive all of that. A portion will also go to staff members who have contracts of their own, one representative said.
The agreement is also expected to allow Mr. O’Brien to work again in television by September, if not sooner. Though no talks have been held with any potential suitors, executives at the Fox network have publicly expressed interest in talking to Mr. O’Brien once he is legally free to do so.
Perhaps we’ll see Conan make some special apperances on other late night shows and Charlie Rose-like roundtables. And there’s always the Internet. But don’t expect to see Conan make a comeback on any of the networks until the fall.
Which network will that be? Fox is already vying for him. But Conan could consider other options in cable. An executive at Fox’s sister station FX said he’d sign Conan “in a heartbeat,” according to The Wrap. Should he get unleashed at HBO? What about saddling up by the Jon Stewart crew at Comedy Central? Tell us where Conan should go from here.
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