Manager: Conan Wants to Do New Show "As Soon As He Possibly Can"
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien
Conan O'Brien wants to return to the air with another show "as soon as he possibly can" after his non-compete clause with NBC expires in September, his manager told TVGuide.com.
"He'd like to do another show not dissimilar to what he did," Gavin Polone said. "And he'd like to work with the people he's been working with."
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O'Brien's $45 million exit deal with NBC, which includes a $12 million severance for his loyal staff members who moved out with him to Los Angeles last year for The Tonight Show, stipulates that he cannot work elsewhere until Sept. 1. Fox has already expressed interest in O'Brien, and others networks are putting feelers out as well. Polone declined to comment on any offers.
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O'Brien's last Tonight Show airs Friday. He will welcome guests Will Ferrell, Tom Hanks and musical guest Neil Young. Ferrell and Hanks were among his first guests in his debut week last June.