Conan Pays Overlooked Staff Out of His Own Pocket
February 2, 2010
(ChatahBox)—After weeks of acrimonious wrangling between Conan O’Brien, NBC and Jay Leno, the pompadoured comedian exited as host of The Tonight Show, with a hefty $45 million settlement. About $7.5 million of that settlement was earmarked for severance payments to O’Brien’s staff. But NBC decided to pass over about 50 stagehands, giving them a big fat nothing. So, O’Brien stepped in to award the crew with severance pay out of his own pocket. Way to go Conan!
According to TMZ, NBC completely left out Conan’s stagehand crew from the severance package. But O’Brien has promised to pay the stagehands with about six-weeks severance pay out of his own personal funds.
During Conan’s last turn as The Tonight Show host, he said that “walking away from ‘The Tonight Show’ is the hardest thing I have ever had to do.”
Jay Leno will take back his role as host of The Tonight Show on March 1.