It’s been a long, strange journey into the (late) night, but the moment we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived: Conan O’Brien is exiting The Tonight Show, and hastily. Saturday morning at 12:35 am (yes, this Saturday), Conan will bid adieu to NBC and head out for greener pastures…albeit $40 million richer to ease the burden of the inglorious exit (as well as allowing the network to sweep this controversy under the rug as quickly as possible).
The news was first broken by TheWrap.com’s Josef Adalian early this morning, which has been confirmed by Conan’s manager, Gavin Polone. Polone told TheWrap, “In the end, Conan was appreciative of the steps NBC made to take care of his staff and crew and decided to supplement the severance they were getting out of his own pocket…Now he just wants to get back on the air as quickly as possible.”
Is this a hint at Conan’s rumored talks with Fox network? And we’re still waiting to hear from Jay’s team or NBC’s Jeff Zucker on an official statement. Stay tuned as more coverage develops.
Previously: Conan v. Leno: The End of The Week