Conan O'Brien Offered $30 Million to Vacate Leno Late Night?
Some rumors are circulating today that Conan O'Brien has been offered $30 million to vacate the Leno late night time slot and leave NBC.
The network has agreed to pay O'Brien $30 million to vacate the 11:35 p.m. "Tonight Show," individuals involved in the negotiations have told TheWrap.
However, people from O'Brien's camp have said that those numbers are not correct and that a deal has not been reached. TMZ is reporting that a deal is expected to be announced today, but we'll keep you posted on the details.
On Friday, Conan O'Brien addressed the rumors in a round-about way:
"Hi, I’m Conan O’Brien -- future answer to a $200 “Jeopardy” question.
"Welcome to tonight’s show. By the time you see this, I’ll be halfway to Rio in a stolen NBC traffic copter."
"In the press this week, NBC has been calling me every name in the book. In fact, they think I’m such an idiot they now want me to run the network."
There is confusion aas to whether NBC has breached O'Brien's contract by moving his show but NBC says that as long as there is something called The Tonight Show on the air, then the contract is not breached.
There is supposedly a clause in the settlement deal that says Conan cannot trash NBC if he takes the deal and he cannot take another hosting gig for a certain amout of time or NBC will be able to pay him much less money.