NBC Soap Opera: Conan O’Brien May Bolt to Fox, Seinfeld Sides With Leno
January 11, 2010
(ChattahBox)— The soap opera at NBC continues, in the wake of the announcement on Sunday that Jay Leno’s prime time show will be canceled on Feb. 11, at the start of the Winter Olympics. What happens next with the network’s late night lineup is any one’s guess, but NBC head Jeff Gaspin, is hoping to rework the comedic lineup, placing Jay Leno back at 11:35 p.m for 30 minutes, with Conan O’Brien retaining the title of “The Tonight Show” at 12:05 a.m and pushing Jimmy Fallon’s “Late Night” into the wee hours of 1:05 a.m.
But Conan O’Brien is not entirely happy with the arrangement he views as a snub. And he has been reportedly in talks with Fox to produce his own late night show.
According to the NY Post, a Conan “insider” told the paper that Conan was stunned by the changes and was contemplating his options, after moving his family from NY to LA five-months ago to take on the helm of “The Tonight Show” host. This came out of the blue, and it will take him a while to figure out what’s best for him,” said the insider.
Another source is quoted by the paper saying, “He’s done a great job for NBC. He moved his entire staff, he moved his family to LA. And five months later, they repay him like this?”
But the network head, has hopes that a compromise can be reached that would satisfy all three comedians. “My goal is to keep Jay, Conan and Jimmy as our late-night lineup,” Gaspin said. And he plans to have the new late night lineup all set by the time the Winter Olympics begins.
NBC was in a bind, after the failed Leno prime time experiment was about to set off a revolt by affiliates. And CBS’ David Letterman has been beating O’Brien in the ratings on a regular basis.
Jerry Seinfeld, a close friend of Leno’s recently chimed in on the controversy saying during a recent media appearance, “What did the network do to Conan? I don’t think anyone’s preventing people from watching Conan.”
O’Brien rep Leslee Dart said, “Conan has made no decisions yet.”
See the NY Post for more.