Conan O'Brien will receive $45 million for himself and his staff in an exit deal clearing the way for Jay Leno to return as host of The Tonight Show, NBC announced Thursday.
About one-fourth of the money ($11 million to $12 million) will be divided among O'Brien's 200-plus staffers as severance, under terms of the deal announced on NBC's Today. O'Brien's last show will be Friday, and Leno will return to Tonight, the show he hosted for 17 years, on March 1.
Leno: Don't Blame Conan (Or Me)
O'Brien will be allowed to appear on another network as early as September, but likely without such old friends as Masturbating Bear. ...
On the extremely off-chance you've been dreaming of a Saved by the Bell tell-all, Dustin Diamond has just the book for you. The former Screech's Behind the Bell includes lots of entertaining anecdotes — like the time he says he showed Elizabeth Berkley his junk, years before his homemade sex tape — as well as claims about drugs and hook-ups that his cast mates are already dismissing. "We weren't in rehab and Mr. Belding wasn't my crack dealer," Mark-Paul Gosselaar told Us.
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In the video below, Diamond told us what steps his publisher took to avoid lawsuits, and about his new life as a stand-up comedian.
Full disclosure: We took a quick flip through the book and chuckled more than we expected to. Will you read it?
The Season 5 premiere finds Brennan back from a dig in Guatemela and Booth eager to get back to work six weeks after his brain surgery. But because nothing can ever be easy, they learn from Angela's psychic (Cyndi Lauper) that bodies may be buried under a fountain in Washington, D.C.
Patrick Swayze, who seamlessly blended sensitivity and brawn in roles as diverse as a dance instructor in Dirty Dancing and a surfing bank robber in Point Break, has died after playing a role that demanded more of his courage and determination than any other: cancer patient.
The 57-year-old star of Ghost and The Outsiders, who was nominated three times for an acting Golden Globe, endured a nearly two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Swayze's publicist said he died Monday with family at his side, according to the Associated Press.
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He fought until the end, even performing grueling stunts while filming his A&E drama series, The Beast. Co-star Travis Fimmel said in January that the strain of fighting the disease rarely showed during filming.
"You can hardly tell with the guy," he told TVGuide.com. "He's such a man. The sickest thing about him on set is probably his jokes."
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Swayze's mother, the head of the Houston Jazz Ballet Company, taught him dance at a young age. His love of ballet exposed ....
The MTV VMA Awards were kind of fantastic. It's a tough show to pull off: So much of the show's success depends on the quality of a given year's popular artists. So we lucked out this year with Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, and a very skinny Eminem. Welcome to Top Moments, VMA edition.
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DJ AM, Adam Goldstein
DJ AM, the celebrity DJ who narrowly escaped a deadly plane crash with musical collaborator Travis Barker last year, has died. He was 36.
"Adam 'DJ AM' Goldstein was found deceased this afternoon in his New York City apartment," his rep said in a statement Friday. "The circumstances surrounding his death are unclear. Out of respect for his family and loved ones, please respect their privacy at this time."
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In September 2008, Goldstein was on a plane with Barker after a performance in South Carolina when it overshot the runway. He suffered serious burns, and four were killed in the crash.
Besides Barker, he also...
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the liberal icon who carried on his family name and fight for the poor and working class after his brothers' assassinations, has died at 77.
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The Massachusetts Democrat died Tuesday at his home in Hyannis Port after battling a brain tumor with which he was first diagnosed in May 2008, his family said in a statement. He had served in the Senate since 1962, two years after his brother, John F. Kennedy, was elected president, and was the third longest-serving senator in history. In a statement Wednesday, President Barack Obama called him "the greatest United States senator of our time."
After the deaths of President Kennedy and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, he became the patriarch of a famous family that included John F. Kennedy, Jr., Maria Shriver, and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the founder of the Special Olympics who died earlier this month.
Kennedy became a symbol of liberalism for supporters and critics alike, pushing for ...