Looks like the head honchos at NBC are finally done shooting themselves in the foot: Conan O’Brien has officially been let go from “The Tonight Show.” According to the NY Daily News
NBC officials and O’Brien’s representatives reached a deal Thursday to let him leave the network after refusing to go along with a network plan to move the “Tonight Show” to 12:05 a.m.
The deal paves the way for Jay Leno, whose prime-time series is ending Feb. 11, to take over “Tonight” on March 1.
O’Brien leaves the network with a package estimated to be worth $40 million – including severance for his staff.
NBC is expected to make an official announcement on the deal later Thursday morning.
Well, that’s what’s known in the industry as “making a deal with the devil.” Only I suppose calling NBC “the devil” in all this is really giving them too much credit. It’s really more like “making a deal with the devil’s retarded half-blind third cousin who lives in Tullahoma but commutes to hell every other Thursday in wagon tied to the back of a ’74 Pinto.” That just about sums it up pretty nicely.