We love this man. The LA Times is reporting that negotiations over Conan O’Brien’s departure from NBC and The Tonight Show have stalled over Conan’s demand that NBC compensate the 190 staffers who will lose their jobs when he leaves the show.
NBC has dismissed the demand as a “PR ploy” and says it already agreed to pay “millions of dollars” to the affected staff.
Not good enough, say Conan’s people. “Conan’s first priority is and always has been to take care of the employees of the show. He paid them out of his own pocket during the strike when NBC laid them off,” said Gavin Polone, O’Brien’s manager.
NBC is facing $40 to $50 million in severance payments, of which Conan will get about $30 million.
In case you missed Conan’s song Monday night, here it is: