NBC cuts Conan O’Brien

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    The dust has settled and Jay Leno will be returning to “The Tonight Show.”







    The dust has settled and Jay Leno will be returning to “The Tonight Show.”
    NBC has announced its decision to cut Conan from “The Tonight Show,” and he’ll be saying his bittersweet goodbyes tomorrow night.
    "NBC and Conan O’Brien have reached a resolution of the issues surrouding O’Brien’s contract to host The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien," NBC and Conan said in a joint statement. "Under terms of an agreement that was signed earlier today, NBC and O’Brien will settle their contractual obligations and the network will release O’Brien from his contract, freeing him to pursue other opportunities after Sept. 1, 2010.”
    Conan is reportedly getting a severance package worth about $45 million. That amount includes $33 million from the network for breaking its own contract.
    Jay will reprise his role as host on March 1. There is no word on what will happen with the show between January 25 and February 12 when NBC starts airing the 2010 Winter Olympics.
    Ah, Conan, we hardly knew ye as the host of “The Tonight Show.” In memory of what briefly was, watch one of Conan’s last interviews before NBC’s announcement.



    – Sonya Eskridge




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