5 Things Conan Could Do Next

Launch a Fox rival? Return to SNL ? Reality TV?
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2010 5:57 PM CST
This Nov. 7, 2007 file photo shows Conan O'Brien in New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)
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(Newser) – NBC's shabby treatment of Conan O'Brien has been a recurring theme of the Jay Leno-centric late-night shuffle, but "he-who-rocks-the-dopest-pompadour-on-TV" has more options than you might think. MTV ponders his options.

  • Defect to Fox: The network is apparently interested, and it would be a great way to tick off NBC. But Fox has a terrible track record with late-night talk shows.
  • Saturday Night Live: O'Brien's writing tenure at SNL coincided with a memorably strong run for the show, but Tonight Show host to "Cheeto-dusted anonymity" is a major step down.

  • Write a tell-all: It would be hilarious and informative, but writing a memoir would mean leaving TV for an extended period—in essence, throwing in the towel.
  • Become a reality star: O'Brien already has a Jersey Shore nickname, but "you can't taint your brand by slumming it at the lowest common denominator."
  • Stay put: The NBC bosses are jerks, but you're still the host of the Tonight Show. The start time might be humiliating, but any other job will be a step down.

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