Conan O’Brien Exploring Options

By Andrew Gauthier 

The Hollywood Reporter

Conan O’Brien is a free agent after his $33 million settlement with NBC was finally completed early Thursday morning — but his hiatus probably won’t last long.

As part of the overall payout from the Peacock, worth about $52.6 million with staff severance and shutdown costs, O’Brien will be allowed to join another network Sept. 1. With his demo ratings on “The Tonight Show” and his online popularity soaring during the final two weeks of his seven-month tenure, the comedian already is being courted by a number of networks.

Because O’Brien was formally under contract with NBC until Thursday morning, no formal talks have been initiated, but there have been a lot of informal inquiries. More…