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NBC Confirms Conan's Last Day is January 22

NBC Confirms Conan's Last Day is January 22

Conan O’Brien‘s final show as the host of The Tonight Show is tomorrow (January 22), NBC said in a statement. Check it:

“NBC and Conan O’Brien have reached a resolution of the issues surrounding O’Brien‘s contract to host The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.

“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 September 1, 2010.

O’Brien will make his final appearance as host of The Tonight Show on January 22.”

NBC also confirmed that Jay Leno will return to host The Tonight Show on March 1 and Jimmy Fallon will stay in his 12:35 a.m. timeslot.

There you have it.

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34 Responses to “NBC Confirms Conan's Last Day is January 22”

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  1. 1
    happy girl Says:

    Team Coco. Jay is not funny and selfish. He does not deliver at 10pm and an entire staff has to be fired to accomodate him? Jay: you are NOT funny. Will not be watching you. Team Coco!!

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    karen Says:

    i am not a big conan fan but even less of leno how can he go back and know he push conan out ….. it is like what kids do tv is getting worst by the day give me more reruns of ncis.

  4. 4
    tom Says:

    I am so sick of this non important story. But I would like to say that Leno is a horrible interviewer and a very boring comedian. I am not sure how anyone can sit through his show. Leno’s primetime show was just has big a filure has Conan was at the 11:35 spot. So I am not sure how they can keep leno on. Late night tv is so bad. They would probably get the same ratings rerunning primetime drams.

  5. 5
    flo Says:

    Leno did not push Conan out, NBC made a business decision based on the fact that they were losing money on Conan who refused to take a later slot and effectivly put his people out of jobs.

  6. 6
    gracie Says:

    Conan is pathetic – he’s making himself out to be the victim. Some victim, walking away with 30 million bucks! ..and just how much of that is he sharing with the staff that he’s so concerned about?
    I have never found him to be genuinely funny – his humour is self-conscious and contrived. The fact that he’s been making such a big deal about how “hard” he’s worked to make his show successful is offensive, in light of what so many people are going through these days.

  7. 7
    Jen Says:

    let me join the team of someone who is gonna get paid millions!! awww how sad….. please this whole fiasco is ridiculous.

  8. 8
    eres Says:

    That is so F’d up!

  9. 9
    Maribeth Says:

    It’s not about feeling sorry for someone who gets money out of a deal, it’s about feeling sorry for someone who realized his dream only to have someone take it away so quickly. Jay had his time. He had over a decade at the Tonight Show. It was Conan’s turn at bat. Jay stole that from him because his 10PM show sucked. I hope Conan gets an awesome deal at another station and he gets back on the air ASAP. Team Coco!

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    to gracie Says:

    conan is not pathetic- jay leno is. to put it bluntly leno is a rat. i, for one, will boycott jay leno. end of discussion, end of debate. for the record his staff is splitting 12 million dollars and nbc is paying all the taxex on that money

  11. 11
    SOS Says:

    I will NOT be watching Leno.

  12. 12
    rocky Says:


    ITA! Jay is as boring as one of my puppy droppings! How anyone can call that man entertaining is beyond me.

  13. 13
    rocky Says:


    YOU ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. 14
    wm Says:

    Some of you people need to get your facts straight. Jay Leno didn’t make the decisions to change things as far as the ‘Tonight Show’ and/or ‘The Jay Leno Show’. It was NBC that called all the shots. They should have left well enough alone in the first place. Don’t fix what isn’t broken in the first place. Jay is getting blamed for decisions that were not his. Conan needs to stop whining. He’s being paid multi-millions. He could have gone on air 30 minutes later but chose not to, again NBC’s idea, not Jay’s. NBC approached Jay about the changes they wanted to make, not the other way around. Don’t speak b.s. until you have all the facts straight.

  15. 15
    lisa Says:


    Um, No Flo. The affiliates were unhappy with Leno. Leno should have been fired end of story.

    Why did this turn into a Conan thing, oh, because the backlash and then NBC had to come up with new BS.

    Well, I am team Coco now, and hope he keeps his fire when he moves to Fox.

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    Tata Says:

    Why should Conan be the one kicked out when it’s Jay Leno’s show that didn’t work? I’d like to understand why Jay Leno is over protected like that. He had his time and I’m sorry that his show didn’t work and he’s having a hard time or whatever, but **** happens and he shouldn’t make another one pay for that. He looks like a spoilt kid now.


  17. 17
    OB Says:


  18. 18
    Kailey Says:

    @wm: You need to get your fact straight. FACT: All the comedians know that Jay Leno has a reputation of being sly and underhanded. He did that to Carson, Lettermen, Stern, etc. and comes out saying he just did what he was told. There’s a video out right now that shows Stern warning Conan 3 years ago that he doesn’t think Jay will just walk away and let him have his show – total prophetic. What pro-Leno folks don’t get here is that it’s another example of corporate greed trying to screw the underdog, Leno being totally selfish (all he had to do was do the RIGHT thing, walk away or go to another network and leave Conan/Jimmy alone) but Leno couldn’t do that b/c he’s also known as a workaholic, underhanded, selfish who’s been panting for the Tonight Show. 90% is NBC for being greed driven and 10% Leno for not doing the right thing. NBC = toilet. This generation will not forget how NBC screwed the little guy.

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    april Says:

    so sad never whatch the tonight show again so they see how bad the ratings are and bring conan back

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    moi Says:


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    nw Says:

    can’t believe how DISGUSTING the network’s stance on this is. talk about lack of respect, integrity, and living up to one’s words. shame on nbc.

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    happy girl Says:

    watching Letterman instead when Coco is gone! Say NO to LENO!

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    gamerdatingsite Says:

    I love Conan and Andy!

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    luisaonline Says:

    wow! i guess it is a failure to Conan… he is a good man and so is Jay…. i guess he should have stayed in Latenight..

  25. 25
    know what ur talking about 1st Says:


    Conan is a pro with a heart. He is giving 15 million in severance pay out of his pocket to all his staff.
    LAME Leno should hang it up and go play with his little cars.

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