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. ...
Jay Leno, David Letterman
A day after David Letterman said longtime rival Jay Leno "always turns up at the scene of the crime" in late-night disputes, Leno brought Letterman's wife into the feud.
"Letterman has been hammering me every night. ... You know the best way to get Letterman to ignore you...
It's Week 3 on the ranch. Before we get started, though, let's catch up with the two teams sent home before the competition began: Blue and Yellow. They'll return midway through the season to face each other, with the winner returning to the ranch. Both are faring well. Despite Blue's traumatic experience with the bike challenge, Cherita is back at it and excelling in her spin classes. Team Yellow's O'Neal has vowed to not die young like his parents.
LL Cool J (NCIS: Los Angeles), Lea Michele (Glee) and Justin Chamber (Grey's Anatomy)
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Any big surprises coming up on NCIS: Los Angeles? — Olivia
ADAM: Get ready for some role reversal for G. Callen and Sam Hanna. "Usually it's Sam protecting Callen, but this turns the other way," executive producer Shane Brennan tells me about an emotional episode that explores Sam's relationship with a family in the Sudan, which dates back to his days as a Navy SEAL. "Callen has to watch Sam's back because he's really out on a limb." Brennan also teases a "heart-wrenching" episode that delves back into Callen's personal life, including a love interest. "It's only the beginning of something that will be resolved later in the season," Brennan says.
Are any of those rumors about Idina Menzel playing Lea Michele's birth mother on Glee true? — CaseyK
MICKEY: Not yet. Ryan Murphy tells us that Menzel will be playing the ethics-free coach of Vocal Adrenaline. But might the two story lines converge? Murphy isn't ruling it out. He's also not ruling out Jennifer Lopez...
All but saying he'll soon be off the network, Conan O'Brien continued his comic barrage against NBC in his monologue Tuesday, but backed off from zinging...
Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien
Jay Leno said Monday that Conan O'Brien was not to blame for NBC's late-night disaster, and that he himself had twice asked out of his contract and told NBC that moving him to 10 o'clock was a bad idea. O'Brien, for his part, kept up his barbs at NBC but not Leno.
After a week in which his late-night rivals have teamed up to accuse him of ousting O'Brien, Leno's remarks — plus his suggestion that NBC may...