Conan O'Brien Negotiates for Staff Members
POSTED: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 3:21pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:26pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The sticking point in Conan O'Brien's exit
negotiations with NBC may involve his TV staff, not Triumph the
Insult Comic Dog.
A person close to the talks said Tuesday that O'Brien is intent
on guaranteeing severance deals for his "Tonight Show" staff and
crew and he is dug in on that point. The person spoke on condition
of anonymity because the contract talks were intended to be
The issue of whether NBC retains rights to familiar O'Brien
comedy bits including Triumph or Pimpbot 5000 was undecided Tuesday
but not a key issue for O'Brien, whose focus was his staff's
welfare, the person said.
The proposed deal could pay more than $30 million to O'Brien to
leave NBC and "Tonight," allowing Jay Leno to move back to late