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Conan O'Brien and Fox Talk Real Deal

by Anne Thompson
March 17, 2010 5:12 AM
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NBC paid $50 million to refurbish the old Jack Benny stage on the Universal lot, and is willing to lease it back to O'Brien for his new late night show, which could go to Fox, reports the LAT, one of several cable channels (not Comedy Central) or into syndication.

O'Brien's The Tonight Show cost NBC $90 million a year to mount. The issues that separate O'Brien and Fox from launching the network into the late night wars are financial. Fox is happy to put O'Brien on before his midnight curfew, but they don't want to spend more than $60 million so that their TV stations can come out ahead. O'Brien isn't sure he can put on a competitive show for that price.

Meanwhile, O'Brien is setting off on a 30-city “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television” tour, which could wind up in a theatrical documentary, reports Deadline New York.

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  • scott k | March 29, 2010 12:40 PMReply

    Conan, please, please, please ensure that part of your deal is that you don't have to hold back on commenting on FOX news. I know you don't like "haters", and I absolutely agree, but, FOX news is not an unbiased news organization. Therefore, they do not earn respect, and therefore are not entitled to it. Maybe you should try and make a deal with PBS...that would be AWESOME! Oh well, I love you man, you define funny. Peace.

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