Conan Wants Better Severance For Staff

It isn’t just Conan O’Brien losing his job when his show goes off the air. Almost 200 people are employed by “The Tonight Show”, many of whom relocated to Los Angeles along with Conan. And this is not a great time to be out of work in the media world. Conan’s efforts to get better severance deals for his staff has stalled negotiations over his departure with NBC. From the LA Times:

NBC officials bristled at the suggestion that they were being insensitive to staff members.

“It was Conan’s decision to leave NBC that resulted in nearly 200 of his staffers being out of work. We have already agreed to pay millions of dollars to compensate every one of them. This latest posturing is nothing more than a PR ploy,” NBC said in a statement.

Not so, [O’Brien’s manager Gavin Polone] said. “It is not a ploy or a strategy. 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.”

Point Conan.