Conan gets big severance package

Conan O’Brien will exit NBC tomorrow with a lot of dough.

Due to his exit from NBC’s Tonight Show, Mr. O’Brien will collect a total severance of $45 million, with $4.5 million going to his executive producer, and the rest to be split up among 200 employees of the show. As part of the deal, Mr. O’Brien also agrees to stay off the air until September 2010.

Meanwhile, NBC is bringing back Jay Leno to host the “rebooted” Tonight Show at 10:35 p.m. weeknights on March 1, one day after the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics. Leno held the gig for seventeen years after departing for his ill-fated prime-time show, which ends on February 11.

O’Brien exits The Tonight Show this Friday night (January 22), with Will Ferrell and Neil Young scheduled as guests (Ferrell appeared on O’Brien’s first Tonight Show on June 1, pushing his new movie, the ultra-horrid Land of the Lost – which had about as much success as Leno’s prime-time show, LOL.)


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    • Since you referred to Conan O'Brien as "Mr. O'Brien" in one paragraph, but as "O'Brien" later, I would suggest using the titles "Mr." and "Ms." more often for your subjects in second and later references. It would be a nice change in a time when many news reporters and writers only use their subjects' last names after first references. The titles would give viewers, listeners, and readers the feeling they are getting to know the subjects beyond their surnames.

    • I always appreciate your advice Mario 500 and from now on, I will do exactly that. Thank you very much!

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