Sandler to Conan: NBC Fired Me, Too

O'Brien-NBC deal said to be $45 million; tomorrow's his last Tonight Show
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2010 9:01 AM CST

(Newser) – NBC and Conan O’Brien reached a pricey divorce early today, but that didn’t slow the Tonight Show host's relentless tirade against the network last night. A constant stream of monologue disses wasn’t enough, so O’Brien unveiled his latest revenge scheme: Waste as much of the network’s money as possible (watch full episode here). Guest Adam Sandler then offered up his own story of being fired by NBC (watch in the gallery, along with other clips including Jay Leno bashing David Letterman’s married life and Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's two cents). Updates on the Conan deal:

  • TMZ reports the deal is for $45 million, not the previously reported $44 million. This includes $32.5 million for Conan (or $33 million if you read E!), $7.5 million for his staff (plus a vague "several thousand" more at the last minute), and $4.5 million to the executive producer.
  • TMZ adds Conan will get that $32.5 million whether he makes any money during the remainder of his contract or not, despite earlier reports to the contrary.
  • Conan’s last day will be tomorrow, report E! and TMZ. No word on what NBC will air between his last day and the start of the Winter Olympics.
  • Jay Leno will return as the Tonight Show host March 1, reports E!.
  • Conan will likely be free to do another show by September, report E! and People.

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