NBC Will Allow Conan to Walk

Network will let O'Brien start a new show at another network
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2010 6:05 AM CST
Updated Jan 15, 2010 7:00 AM CST
Conan O'Brien makes his debut as the host of NBC's 'Tonight Show' Monday June 1, 2009, in Universal City, Calif.   (AP Photo/Paul Drinkwater/NBC)
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(Newser) – The soap opera is nearing an end. Despite threats to the contrary, NBC will allow Conan O'Brien to leave the network and start a new show elsewhere before his contract expires, sources tell Kim Masters at the Daily Beast. The network will give O'Brien a hefty parting check, but the amount remains under wraps. The only potential wrinkle is if Jay Leno, who seems to be under siege by fellow comedians everywhere, has a last-minute change of heart about returning to the 11:35pm slot, notes the Washington Post.

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