January 22nd, 2010
10:17 AM ET

Anything goes (at any price) for Conan's last shows on NBC

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Nearing the end of his NBC run, Conan O’Brien has opted to let his guests go wild while he rings up a hefty bill for the network.

As a guest on Thursday night, Robin Williams upped the ante for bad behavior by dedicating an expletive-filled song to NBC, pretending to urinate on the stage and giving the network the middle finger, several times.

The refrain of Williams’ barely printable Irish ditty was “(Expletive) the (expletives) that can't take a joke.” Williams is apparently on Team Coco.

Conan is also looking to increase the price tag on his final comedy sketches that he can't take with him.

“Until NBC yanks us off the air we can pretty much do whatever we want,” O’Brien said Thursday night. “We can do whatever we want and they have to pay for it. So for the rest of the week we are going to introduce new comedy bits that aren’t so much funny as they are crazy expensive.”

On Thursday night’s show O’Brien bought Kentucky Derby winner “Mine That Bird” put him in a mink Snuggie and played clips of restricted NFL football all at a cost of $4.8 million to the network.

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  1. chris

    They are both funny, good guys. I prefer Conan but i can see why others prefer Leno. But what happened her to Conan is just plain wrong. Conan earned his spot and should have had the proper time to grow in the rating, Remember, it even took Seinfeld several season to mature to a number one spot. This is a classic corporate back-peddle fueled by financial greed and poor decision making.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Alex

    It was all fake. The horse wasn't Mine that Bird, and he was watching USLF football coverage. But it was a hillarious bit of humor–something we all wish we could do to our own bosses on occasion.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Susan

    "At least middle America is getting what they want back. A mediocre, safe, unintelligent, and "easy to understand" show."

    But... CONAN is safe, mediocre, unintelligent and easy to understand, too! So what's the problem?!?

    Frankly, I prefer Craig Ferguson, but if I had to choose between Leno and Conan, I'd choose Leno over Conan's lame attempts at humor. If he's as wonderful as many are saying here how is that he took over a show that had been #1 for about 18 years and caused it to tank pretty much immediately? Oh, yes, there's "funny" for you...

    January 22, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fred

    Go away Conan fans, I'll be watching Leno and won't be watching Conan. Yes Conan was offered the seat 5 years ago. Yes NBC was wrong to let Conan out of the Tonight Show. But for god's sakes he's still an immature classless crybaby with dumb high school type skits. Please show some more professionalism next time and perhaps Conan would have had a better outcome and better negotiating position, if there is a next time ha ha ha.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. oldguy

    It's all being coordinated by NBC and Conan publicity teams together to maximumize media coverage. It's all about publicity. And it's working. Look how many posts on this thread. It's good for both NBC and Conan's AND Jay's next ventures. And Letterman gets tremendous monolog opportunity from this, too. Win, Win, Win, Win.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BeTheBuddha

    It's all in jest anyway – and I think it's pretty funny. The Bugatti Veyron he had the other night was BORROWED from the auto museum. The pricetag is the "retail" price, not the price NBC actually has to dish out.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jane

    I think what Conan is doing is hilarious and well deserved. He's upset that NBC is favoring Jay Leno and that's not fair. Jay has had his time in the lime light and now it's time for him to step aside and let others share their talents with the world. If NBC is dumb enough to keep Conan on the air while he's spending their money and talking mad ish about them...then they deserve it. And that money WOULD NOT be going to Haiti or any other charitable donation anyway.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. W. O.

    Not the forum for "Team CoCo" I see... Seems most of the posts here have neglected that Conan's been encouraging donations to Haiti through StillerStrong, citing "there's a real world out there" (paraphrased); I wouldn't doubt he's contributing. Also, NBC didn't buy the Bugatti in the first "Crazy Expensive" skit, it was loaned by a museum; so I doubt that 'Mine That Bird' was really purchased. However, I cannot deny that "Satisfaction" and the NFL footage was probably very pricey. I feel that Leno should've said something sooner during the five or six years he had to vacate "The Tonight Show" about not wanting to leave. But if anyone is really at fault here and should be chided, it's the executives at NBC for creating this whole mess to begin with.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CJ in PS

    I think Conan should grow up. Come on, if any of us got let go from a job, most of us would be lucky to collect our outstanding vacation and perhaps a couple months of severance. He's negotiated $45 million to close the deal and walk away. As far as I'm concerned , he should simply walk away with his head held high all the way to the bank vs. behaving like a child. We should all be so lucky in life.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. GILBERT

    I've been a Conan fan for years and was incredibly glad to see him at a more reasonable hour. NBC showed their wishy washy execs are out of touch with reality. Conan's entire staff is out of work in a totally different state. Any American who appreciates companies who fire 100s of people when things look tough, holler "AYE!". Conan stands as an icon of the times. He's one of us, a normal-ish guy who followed his dreams, only to be trashed by faceless, blameless corporate America. And now he gets to bite the hand that teased him. At the very least, Conan is our 3-minute hero. And I don't honestly believe those skits really cost millions.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Manny

    you guys don't understand... yeah, Conan is walking away with money but think of what NBC really did to him.

    his legacy at NBC has been tarnished, his hard work from all those years in the Late Night Show was for nothing! The characters he built, the guests, the good times the bad times... then he gets his dream job of being the host of The Tonight Show and the *&^holes at NBC just decided to yank it away from him with no regards to his sacrifice.

    turn it around, think... what if they had done it to Jay Leno instead? it was irresponsible of NBC the way they handled things, and I just don't understand why they did what they did... that's not how business is done, you don't do that to a loyal, hard working guy like Conan who has given NBC his best years!

    January 22, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Eric

    Is everyone really gullible enough to take this his comedic $4.8 million estimate as fact? Believe it or not, they are constrained by a budget.

    NBC's decision was obviously to satisfy the here and now. The under 30 crowd is what will drive revenue in the future and in this demographic Conan easily trumps Leno.

    If you're from LA and follow the NBA, it's like if the Lakers had kept Shaq and traded Kobe.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. recently paroled

    It's called comedy. Conan is not spending scads of money on these segments. The Bugati car was loaned to the show and as someone else noted, the racehorse was likely borrowed as well. If it had been purchased, someone from the world of horse racing would have made some sort of comment by now.

    Yes NBC will have to pay for using the Stones clips and possibly the football footage if that was indeed what it was (it was quite small on the television in the featured clip).

    Once again: it's called comedy. Not reality.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mike

    Everyone, it wasn't Mine That Bird on his show, the suggie wasn't made of mink, it wasn't actual superbowl clips, and the sketch did not cost 4.8 million. IT WAS A JOKE! He is just doing these things as a running gag. This article was poorly written and misinformed a whole lot of people. Yes, conan is getting a big pay load, but he is not wasting millions of dollars on these bits.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rob

    Wow, most of the commentators here are just as clueless as the author of the article. This was a comedy skit. The supposed $4.8 million is PART of the joke.

    It did not cost anything like this. Do you REALLY think that was a mink coat on that horse?

    No wonder our country is in such terrible shape – critical thinking skills have been abandoned by the majority of Americans.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  16. tess

    Regardless of how badly Conan feels he was treated, he is showing no class in his behavior. Yea, yea, we feel for you Conan, but you got quite a bit of money and your staff got quite a bit of money and times are tough, so act grown up and do something useful with the money & experience. As far as I am concerned, this is really a window into who Conan really is, an immature, spoiled brat.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Susan - Canada

    Does anyone remember 5 years ago, when it was announced that Conan would be taking over the Tonight Show, that Jay graciously had him on his show and never once told jokes about him the way Conan is now doing? Yes a lot of jokes are targetted at NBC, but he has included Jay in many or them. And as far as Lettermen goes, of course he wants Conan to stay, because he was beating Conan in the ratings, which he could never do with Jay!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Robert

    Conan is a jerk. that is why his ratings are so low.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Fred

    I can't stand Conan. He may have made some jokes at NBC's expense, but you must be pea-brained to find that funny or hilarious. He showed his true colors by being an immature crybaby. Go away Conan & your fans, good riddance! Try cable tv next time.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  20. VI

    At least middle America is getting what they want back. A mediocre, safe, unintelligent, and "easy to understand" show.

    As for the rest of us, we'll be missing Conan.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Renee

    Someone tell Conan I want to be on his show! I charge about 4.8 million an appearance and I am way funnier than a horse. Aww .. heck I'll give him a discount...

    January 22, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Susan - Canada

    I love Jay Leno and glad that he is coming back to 11:30. I think he delivers his jokes with great timing. I love his "Jaywalking" and "Headlines". I also find he is great with guests. But, I do hope when he goes back to The Tonight Show, that he goes back to his old format. A lot of the stuff he has on his show right now aren't particularly funny...too much going on. And, please Jay, bring back your DESK....everyone looks awkward in those chairs.

    As far as Conan goes....his sense of humour is for a certain audience...not everyone likes that style of humour. I'm sure he'll do just fine...wouldn't worry about him too much. But, I must ask, where were all his so-called fans when he needed them to boost his ratings on the Tonight Show?

    January 22, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Drew

    Times are changing people. Jay is for the older audience that won't be around much longer, Conan is for the younger audience that will be around for a while. So GET USED TO IT! If you don't like something on TV, DONT WATCH IT! It's as easy as that. I for one will not be watching Jay and will wait for Conan to resurface.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  24. BarbJ

    I'm assuming that all of Conan's staff and the band are also being fired. Did they get such a severance package? maybe, just maybe, Conan could give all of them a portion of this money. They will need jobs and aren't getting the kind of money Conan makes. He will land on his feet or other areas or his body but many of the others just migh not be so lucky. I like Robin Williams and did not see his "performance" but sounds pretty stupid and childish...go out with class Conan, not like a whiny little child.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Elizabeth

    Someone asked why the man is being so "mean and spiteful". I don't believe he is. Years ago he was promised this gig. He did as he was told; he jumped through all the hoops. Leno, on the other hand, was, along with his then-agent, not terribly above board in the way he managed to get the coveted Tonight Show. When he "retired" to do his primetime number and it didn't do very well (kind of like a pregnant high jumper over a barbed wire fence) he got mean and sulky and wanted "his" show back.

    I'm not a Conan fan, really. I never watched him on the Tonight Show and I never watched his previous late night show. However I'm all for him pulling out all the stops and sticking it to NBC in any way he can. This 60-something Grandma is solidly behind him. I seldom ever watched Leno – I can guarantee I'll never watch him from this point on.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Laura

    I wonder if it really is an "age" thing ... The Tonight Show really is a show for old timers . I never watched it when Johnny Carson was the host because i thought he was old and boring and i didnt like David Letterman either and i still dont.

    Well, now that ive gotten to a certain age (50) i like Jay Leno as host – his monologues make me laugh and i like most of his regular routines like Headlines, Photobooth, Gas Pump news, E-Bay Sold or Not Sold, Dollar Store Finds, etc...

    I tried watching Conan when he had his own late nite show and didnt stick with it and then when he got The Tonight Show i tried again but i guess i just dont "get" his humor – altho i think he's a cutie and his looks alone make me laugh but unfortunately its not enough

    I'm glad it will go back to Jay and things are back to the way they should be ... altho the show times dont matter since i record it on DVR anyway

    January 22, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  27. SAGG

    I suspect those of you who are moaning about the tragedy in Haiti and Conan spending money recklessly are mostly Leno sympathizers. I say sock to NBC for their stupidity in handling this. And Leno had better NOT start beating Dave again in the ratings. He doesn't deserve that. Jay needs to eat heaps of humble pie for either simply not retiring, or going to another network when his contract ran out.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Walt

    Not COCO ... coo coo ... totally nutz!

    NBC messed up. REALLY bad business decisions.

    Despite being well compensated, Conan is acting worse then a spoiled little brat. The attitude of taking advantage of an employer when employment termination is imminent is why so many employers give no advance notice, lock accounts, and walk termed employees to the door. It would be incredibly fitting if NBC just pulled the plug and did not air the final show Friday night ... spend the money to pay the Carson estate and run a best of Carson.

    Wonder what future employers may think of Conan's antics? I hope they write a contract that locks up every piece of "comedy" material so Conan has no future rights to anything he ever does ... as unfunny as it may be.

    Sorry Conan ... you never were funny on the air. You are better as a comedy writer than you are in front of the camera. While the Twitterati and Facebook crowd may raise a stink over your departure, the people advertisers want were not watching you, which is why your ratings tanked.

    Farewell and goodbye COCO.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Adam

    Conan is freakin' hilarious!

    I think NBC is getting all they deserve in this one.

    Leno is a complete idiot and I am sure in a couple years when his show sucks as much as it did at 10, they will be looking to bring Conan back.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Armando

    Love how the ridiculous Conan haters are in here saying that NBC would have given the money to Haiti.. or that Conan should have donated it. TV Networks aren't in the business of international disaster relief efforts. And you don't know if Conan has privately donated towards the Haiti effort.

    Last night's skit was about sticking it back to NBC.. and they deserve it! Go, go, Co Co! I will watch you on whatever network you end up at!!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Tony R

    Whats funny is people saying he isnt funny. Everyone ive talked with, adult over 40 professionals mind you, are loving his show and everyone has said they will follow Obrien wherever he goes. There is little to hold them on NBC, and it certainly wont be Leno.

    I think there is something to be said when most of Hollywoods real talent is in Obriens court.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Linda M

    Conan needs to grow up ! He wasn't that good anyway. People are tired of your 2 year old antics.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Edwin

    Conan is the only late night host whose antics regarding the "NBC debacle" are actually funny. Leno, Fallon, and Kimmel have yet to do anything on the topic that even makes me chuckle.

    He's going out with a bang, and yeah, he may be being a bit of a demagogue, but when all is said and done, people will remember that of NBC's three hosts, Conan was one who made people laugh.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  34. khamsouk

    i love how everybody and their mother jumps on the ole' "haiti boat" every time they hear about money being spent in excess. did you think nbc was going to give that money to haiti?

    people did the same thing with katrina and the tsunami...

    give me a break!

    go conan! make those idiots pay!!!!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Casi

    "Coerce the network into donating it to charity?"...are you kidding? He couldn't ever "coerce the network" into being fair and letting him keep his job. The way I see it, NBC has probably made more than that through this whole fiasco. Think about the free advertising from actors talking about the scenero on other shows...or the amount of increased viewing they have experienced through people supporting both Jay and Conan. This is money made at his expense. I say "stick it to those megalomaniacs!" They deserve to pay for treating people this way.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Blair

    RELAX people. A little bit of research shows tha the NFL video was actually old USFL cideo and that wasn't really Mine that Bird. Also, the $1.5 million car was just on loan.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Jeff Adshade

    What will Labamba do now ?????

    Will Max move back to Jersey???

    Time to hang it up Jay ,,,
    let some new fresh ideas comet o NBC ,

    COCO for Prez

    January 22, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  38. jason

    I love it!! Can't wait to see what happens tonight!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Tim

    While Conan fans find his actions funny he really isn't thinking this through. Shows come and go but what network wants to hire him after these antics? The fact is these networks are run by starch shirt people and they will consider these actions when thinking about hiring him.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Team Give ME a Break

    This whole thing has been a crock of poop stirred up by NBC. I am wondering tho, where all these great "team coco" people were when he needed you to actually WATCH his show and give him some ratings? Way to jump on a band wangon – lamers......

    I like BOTH Jay and Conan – what a concept. VARIETY. Wow.... ever heard of it?

    January 22, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Jeff Adshade

    GO CONANDO GO!!!!

    I hope Frankenstien shows up tonight

    January 22, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Shrimp

    This is just good TV. Period.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Keith Austin

    So people REALLY think he's costing NBC that much with those skits? It's entertainment, folks. Conan's not stupid. He's not going to put that stuff on NBC's tab risking all kinds of lawsuits. Let's not get all "Hey! That money could go to Haiti? What about the CHILDREN?".
    It's like the woman telling the government to get their hands off her Medicare. The dumbing down and gullibility of America continues.

    Conan's making them look even worse than they do already. Nothing wrong with that. If my boss promised me a promotion that I would get in a few years and then he changes his mind and reveals it as just a ploy to keep me around and away from the competition, the burning of the bridges would begin immediately!

    January 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Susan

    First off, Conan O'Brien was making a joke & isn't really running up absurd expenses.

    But that said, I didn't find him all that funny when he followed the Tonight Show. He had a few funny bits, but overall wasn't all that and I eventually stopped watching him. When he took over the Tonight Show, I tried watching him again, but after a few shows I stopped because he still wasn't all that great. With all the uproar generated over NBC's decisions I tried watching him again this week. I shouldn't have wasted my time, and last night's show was simply pathetic.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Doug Waddell

    I'm stunned that many of the commenters here are saying that Conan is having a temper tantrum. It's a little more nuanced than that. His ratings have exploded this week. Why? Because people want to see him go off about NBC. Leno's ratings have gone up as well. Why? Again, because people want to see what he has to say about NBC and the entire situation. Conan's "tantrum" is good business for everyone involved, including NBC. They're probably encouraging it. As for Conan buying Mine That Bird, he didn't. That wasn't actually the horse. And those "Super Bowl highlights" didn't look like any Super Bowl I've ever seen. And he just made NBC buy an expensive car? Either NBC already owned that, or someone did the show a favor and let them borrow the car for the sketch. The Rolling Stones thing was definitely real, but most of this has been very clever smoke and mirrors. Don't believe everything you see on TV. In the meantime, you may want to think about donating to Ben Stiller's Haiti charity organization, which I only learned about by watching Conan this week.

    January 22, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  46. BigRigDriver229

    I never could stand that Limpy haired redheaded wannabe comedian, My 4 yr old grandson has better jokes than he has. BRING back Jay Leno.... I hope the give JIMMY FALLON a crack at some decent time....he's even better than conan...Hell I'm more intune with GEORGE LOPEZ......his new late nite show is the BOMB......he has the FLAVOR going on.....NBC did right even thought it was allttle toooo costly, but I guess you have to pay the wannabe the randsom so to get your network back from a fake and a wannabe..... CONAN go bye, good RIDDANCE.... they should have never put you in that spot from the get go... take you and your fake string dance and puppet your way exit stage right... and dont let the curtain hit your limpy red hair as you leave......

    January 22, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  47. newwatch

    Conan is behaving like a spoil child with a tantrum. Everyone should turn him off. He got 45 million dollars. He his no longer funny I hope no one gives him a show. Imagine he goes to work for Fox, and they cancel him. Will he behave the same?

    January 22, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Sheesh

    C'mon people! Do you really think that was "Mine That Bird"? Do you really think they make a mink snuggie big enough for a horse? It's a skit and it was pretty darn funny. Just like the night before when he had the million dollar Bugatti decorated like a mouse.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Justin

    Do you all really think that if NBC was going to donate money to Haiti Conan's fee's would change the amount. I think NBC has enough money that they can afford to pay for both. It's not like NBC was like "well we were going to donate 5 million to Haiti but Conan cost us 4.8 million in fee's so now we are only going to donate 200k"

    I think it's great what he is doing because he got screwed, and not only did he get screwed but his staff is getting screwed also. NBC is a wreak right now , and there lack of quality programming is showing. Maybe they should focus on getting new programming instead of getting rid of Conan who has provided 16 years of good Television.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  50. sdmiller

    How can CNN actually report this as fact? It perpetuates dangerous perceptions of the media and undermines CNN's credibility on issues that actually matter. We should all expect a lot more.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Nick

    Conan never was funny to start with. He's acting like a 2 year old. I doubt he will ever get a tv show again.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  52. RJ

    PS- I love the argument that comes up so often in these blogs, that there are terrible tragedies going on all around the world, how can anyone laugh/waste their time/argue/BREATHE/while these things are going on. Well, there's always someone starving. There's always people dying all over the world – every single day. As the Great Weird Al once said, "Well, don't you know that other kids are starving in Japan?"

    So lets dispense with that, okay? We're allowed to spend a portion of our day being happy, living life to its fullest, being entertained – despite bad things happening. Its called Living. We should all do our part to help our world, too – but we can enjoy our lives as well.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Lindsey

    Way to stick it to 'em Conan! It's not really like NBC would have put the 4.8 mil to better use anyway- other than to line the pockets of some execs here and there.

    This is what they get when they screw people over. And it wasn't just Conan. His entire staff relocated and bought houses and started lives in a new place just to be told they're SOL.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Brian

    As others have said, it was a comedy bit, Conan did not really buy Mine That Bird or a Bugatti, the footage wasn't even from the NFL... CNN you should be ashamed for reporting on this as if it was real.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Roger Knight

    NBC did not really buy Mine That Bird or the Bugatti. It was just a comedy skit. But, of course, neither skit was funny.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  56. RJ

    $4.8 million just for a horse's appearance (you don't really believe that they Bought the horse, do you?)? Don't think so. I'm thinking, hmmm, Conan is a comedian, maybe, just maybe....it was just a JOKE. Yeah, that could be it.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  57. WRJC

    When was the last time you ever laughed out loud during Leno's or Letterman's monologue? Leno is a great guy, but really, not all that "slap you knee" funny.
    If it weren't for the "applause" signs, I'm sure you'd hear far less laughing. ( I know, I've been in the studio during taping of Leno)
    My point is Conan is a rare talent which NBC is losing to their own stupidity.
    Conan's (often tasteless) humor IS funny and you can tell his guests enjoy being on his show, as they are entertained by him as well.
    Say you want about where "the money" should be going, but realize this is "business". My guess is Conan will go on to better things while Leno and Letterman (and possibly Falon) will fade into mediocrity.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Mick

    Two words for you people that actually believe – even for a nano second – NBC would give that money to those in need: Go Conan!

    January 22, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Sha-Sha

    I got screwed by my bosses too. Totally hung out to dry when I needed that job the most to pay for hospital bills. Haiti doesn't have anything to do with that 4.8 million of NBC's money–if it was indeed that much. Haiti wasn't going to see a dime of it. But ... Leno might have, so I'm glad CoCo spent it.

    Take 'em to the cleaners, CoCo! For all of us who have lost our jobs because our bosses were soul-less goons. As a laid off American, I couldn't be prouder of CoCo sticking it to The Man. The fact that he can rip his bosses a new one on national television is a dream come true. I'd give my left ear for that opportunity!. NBC is lame. Leno is lame.

    Team Conan for life.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Jt Russell

    I'm with Coco. This final week has been his best. NBC and Leno set him up to fail, so I don't blame him for being angry. Imagine you are an employee who just got notice. Wouldn't you want to stick it to your bosses?

    January 22, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  61. NikkiD

    Come on you guys. Get real. It's hilarious and I'm definitely on Team Coco! Do you really think that NBC would pony of $4.8 million for Haiti? I think NOT! It's such a tiny drop in the bucket for them. I say take 'em for what it's worth and make 'em pay. NBC should be ashamed and so should Jay Leno. I will NEVER watch the Tonight Show again. I'm back to Letterman.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Diane

    gee, I'm over 60 and a happy Grandmother. . .where do you young people get the idea all people over 40 are only fit to watch Leno? I personally think Conan is alot better! gee, maybe some of you just got a new wrinkle on your brain, huh?

    January 22, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  63. jax

    Bugatti dressed like a mouse: $1.5 million

    Kentucky Derby winner sporting a minx Snuggie: $4.8 million

    People who believe in comedy skits: Priceless

    January 22, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  64. lisa

    This was never the Tonight Show but was the Conan O'Brien Show. I hardly ever watched it; it wasn't funny, just juvenile. It did help me to fall asleep, though, if I didn't bother to change channels after the news.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  65. USSKIM

    People, this issue is about integrity, look at the facts. Jay said 5 years ago he was going to retire because he made a promise to his wife. NBC made a contract to Conan. What the core issue is, Jay and NBC you can’t trust their word or even a written contract. Hmmm sounds like the old days with Indian treaties. They write one thing and do another. How come when Jay Leno went through the same ratings issues in the beginning as Conan’s show is going through, NBC stuck with Jay but not Conan. Jay Leno’s show took how long to recover, over a year… The core issue is Jeff Zucker’s heated history with Conan Obrien. Read about it. Jeff Zucker’s personal feelings are getting in the way of professionalism. FIRE JEFF ZUCKER, and watch NBC rebound to its old Glory of being the family channel to watch. The problem is JEFF ZUCKER, not Conan.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Jon

    Classless, completely classless. Instead of taking the later slot, he wants to be a baby about the whole thing and make some money off of it for doing nothing but acting like a child who did not get a toy at the store. And he wonders why his ratings were in the toilet, cause that is where his head is at.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  67. BB703

    Sorry there David, I'm just amazed that the vast majority of these people believe that Conan spent millions of dollars on those gags when it's just not true. For example, the Bugatti gag was a rental (for free) and the Rolling Stones compilation is free for NBC to use at any time. In addition, the horse was not "Mine that Bird" and he did not spend $500K, much less $4.8 Million. Because of this shoddy reporting without clarification, these people make Conan out to be a stingy guy, who would rather spite NBC than 'give anything to Haiti'. He did not waste any more money than he normally would during the course of his show.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Dave

    LINDA - Enjoy Jay. I'll bet you're really fun at parties.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Joe

    No wonder NBC has troubles with ratings. They make mistakes like this... letting Conan go and Leno back. I somewhat enjoyed Leno when he was the Tonight Show host but after the switch occurred, I was happily surprised that Conan did such a good job in his new role as the Tonight Show host. I think he does a better job than Leno! With the changes forthcoming, I won't be watching Leno anymore. It doesn't say much for the network when they don't back Conan's show as agreed and try to figure out something else for Jay. As for Leno leaving his time slot, that's a shame. I understand a lot of retired people enjoyed watching him. It was easier for them because he was on earlier. Too bad for those folks.
    By the way, I'm over 40 and have enjoyed watching Conan's show very much. Best of luck to you Conan and also to your staff!

    January 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Jenny

    Wonder what's going to happen when NBC watches the ratings of "The Tonight Show" follow the ratings of "The Jay Leno Show", right down the toilet? Give Jay a LearJet? Maybe extend the time an additional half hour? Or make him head of NBC?

    He's not funny, but at least all of the old people that can stay up past 11 will have something to watch now.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Daniel

    Ha Ha Ha Conan rocks!!! Anyone who brings in Haiti and unemployment should stop watching TV altogether, they just dont get it. This is Hilarious.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Melissa

    You people obviously can't take a joke...he didn't spend any money on those things...the car was borrowed...

    January 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  73. DownbytheSea

    I cannot believe that NBC would be willing to take Jay Leno back over Conan Obrien. Jay Leno has shown that without the writers at the Tonight Show he is a flop. Has anyone tried to watch that dribble. It was promoted as something new and innovative, blah.
    As for Conan doing what he did, it was only in response to what NBC did. And that money would never have gotten to Haiti. Conan is well aware of what operating budget there is and well aware that he will be hard pressed to get the same treatment Jay Leno is getting. If they think people are going to go back to the Tonight Show after what they have done, after letting the public know it isn't anything to do with fair play, and instead, all about the almighty buck, then ya I say GO CONAN. And if you have seen the poll on CNN today... the poll to vote whether or not you (us) have donated to Haitii, OVER HALF of us haven't, so let's not get on Conan's back until we've dealt with ourselves. And I am pretty sure he has or will donate his own money.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Daniel, CNN Entertainment Senior Producer

      Not sure whether this is going to do any good, but...

      Calling other posters idiots, morons, etc. is a good way to make sure your comment is not published. For the umpteenth time, arguing is encouraged, but personal attacks, insults, and the like are not necessary, and are not allowed.

      Back to the fracas.

      January 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Eric

    Its a JOKE people ease up, the horse is NOT Mine that Bird, they are watching some USFL footage, and how much you want to bet thats not a mink Snuggy.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Justin

    Do you people ACTUALLY believe they really spent that much money on those bits? It's a JOKE. Get it?

    January 22, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Vashb

    NBC was never going to donate the money anyway. BTW for the last week he has been advertising ben stillers charity to donate money to Haiti every night.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Flor

    Good Luck Conan, We will missed you. We hope you will come back soon with a better employer and a more hilarious show.
    Never watch NBC , Love Fox shows.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  78. dwadel

    You all are very gullible if you think he's actually spending $4.8 million on these bits. You think he really bought that Bugati? You think he really bought the Kentucky Derby winning horse? C'mon people. They are comedy bits. If you aren't amused, don't worry, you're precious Leno will be back soon enough. But, don't believe everything you see.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Maria A.

    In view of Conan bad attitude toward his soon to be ex-employer NBC, I wouldn't hire Conan if I were the CEO of a competitor network

    January 22, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Ron

    What Conan has done this last week on his show is called: "comedy". And it IS brilliant. Apparently, television audiences love it as is evidenced by the ratings Conan has gotten this week.

    For those of you who think what Conan has been doing this week is immature, disgusting, inappropriate or what ever other description you come up with – lighten up and/or turn the channel. You do have a choice to watch or not.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  81. ElZee

    What a crybaby. Poor thing only got a truckload of money for sucking too much to stay in the 11:30 slot.

    His departure makes no difference to me. I've always liked Letterman better than either Conan OR Leno anyway.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Diane

    .Was watching Leno last week just before late night news and he had a gross comedian on telling a joke about oral sex. The TV screen was split showing the unfunny comedian and our NBC News folks sitting there listening all sheepishly embarrassed, while Leno runs over to the guy. . .shakes his hand and says "good stuff". I said to myself. . .that'll be the end of the Leno show before the News comes on and before the youngins go to bed.. NBC and Parents combined are not gonna put up with this! Sure enough, it wasn't but a day or two later, and all of a sudden Leno supposedly wants back on late night and bump goes Conan. Can't hardly believe how quickly it has all gone down. I really like Conan and hope for the best for him. It's Leno's fault and his misplaced humor.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Guillermo

    First of all I really cant stand Leno; he's not a funny man at all. Conan was hilarious early on, but in the past years his show has become more repetitive and frankly not that funny. The bottom line I didnt watch the Tonight show before I dont watch it now and I wont be watching in the future. Why is everyone so riled up?

    January 22, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Chris

    Ok, so 7 months ago I finally got my dream job. It's the job I have always wanted a chance to do. The guy doing it before me was moving on to a better job and my company was pulling out all the stops for my transition. Life is good... Found out yesterday that the guy who used to do my job got canned. Feel sorry for him, hope he finds something... what's that knock at the door? Hey, someone put a pink slip of paper under my door. Wonder what that could be? Have I mention how much I like working for.... NEVERMIND!

    January 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Dan

    It's suprising how many people were calling Conan stupid who actually believed Conan could simply order up several million dollars to be spent on anything he wanted.

    He could have made it funnier if something large and heavy dropped from the ceiling onto the car and crushed it. Whoops. But then you probably need to tell people here that it was just a "shell" that looked like a fancy car.

    Hmmm, the Peacock network. The syllables are X and Y, and I X from my Y every night. I could be a comedy writer for last nights show!

    January 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  86. ryan

    Does anybody really think NBC gives a rats about Conan's spending? The ratings are higher than they've ever been. If they didn't think it was worth it, they'd stop him. It's a win for both. Conan gets laughs and NBC gets ratings...

    January 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Steven

    Jo Piazza is an idiot. The fact that he posts that Conan spent $4.8 million on the skit shows his stupidity. Just because Conan says something does not mean its true. Conan hosts a COMEDY show!! It was a Joke! This is exactly the type of ignorant/manipulative writing Ive come to expect at CNN

    January 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  88. GD

    Has anyone taken in to account that Conan's ratings have gone way up since this whole NBC thing started? Better ratings = more money for NBC. Conan is merely making sure that the increased money flow at his expense isn't going in to NBC's pockets - which by the way, wouldn't be donated to charity if in NBC's pockets.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  89. paul p.

    Come on, don't be so naive people. We all know it doesn't cost 4.8 Million to air NFL clips or to bring a horse on to the show. Not even close. Just like his Wednesday night show, they said it costs 1.5 Million to have that rare Bugatti sports car, while playing an old Rolling Stones track. Turns out, the car was loaned from a museum, which was FREE and the music couldn't cost more than $30k AT THE MOST to play on air. The cost to play a beatles track for 30 seconds is valued at around $30k for first airing.

    And lets not forget. This is just TV. As much as I love Conan, he's still trying to put on a "show".

    -p

    January 22, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Abby

    A lot of people don't like Conan. It's a matter of taste. I happen to disagree with them, and the majority of the people I know who don't think he is funny are also older. Conan was never a good fit for the Tonight Show, because under Jay Leno it had a larger audience but skewed much older. That's why Letterman beat Jay in the younger demos though Jay had a larger overall audience; when it was Conan and Letterman on at the same time, that younger demo was split and the older one tuned out. (Obviously this is a generalization based on statistics; there are people above the age of 40 who laugh at Conan and I'm sure somewhere there actually is a person under 50 who likes Jay....)

    There's nothing wrong with some people not thinking Conan is funny–to each his own. But those who don't like him need to remember "to each his own" and allow those who do like Conan to do so without acting like that's a crime.

    January 22, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Karen

    It was a joke, people. He didn't really buy the horse. No wonder this country's in the shape it is; people are so gullible.

    Don’t forget the 400 staff people who packed up their families and moved them across the country, buying homes and enrolling their kids in school, just to have the rug pulled out from under them.

    They kept Conan on NBC for another 5 years at 12:30, based on a lie (waving the Tonight Show job like a carrot) when he talked about leaving in the past. Then after 7 months, they jerked the carrot away. I’d be ticked too.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Rox

    Go Conan! Anyways, the $4.8 million would never had gone to Haiti! It would have gone straight in the pockets of the CEO or all the big pubas of NBC! (IF Conan really did spend it, which I still think it impossible).

    Wouldn't it be funny if all of this would only be a stunt to increase the the ratings of NBC? And Conand does stay...

    January 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Brittany

    Do it BIG, Conan!!!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Guest

    Seriously?? This is the best stuff *EVER*...!! ROCK ON, CONAN!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Puzzled

    I'm puzzled. I get the animosity toward big corporations by why is there so much animosity between the generations? This doesn't seem to be about the actual people O'Brien or Leno. They seem to simply be lightening rods for each side; young vs. old. Why is this?

    January 22, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Mark

    No way that money would have made it to Haiti.....who knows if the money I've donated has actually gone to Haiti! If you don't like what he's doing then don't watch it! His demographic isn't 35-60yr olds like leno....its 18-35yr. He's reaching his demographic and we're loving what he's doing!!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  97. allen

    Come on people, lighten up. It didn't cost 4.8M. The night before he did the same bit with a 1.5M car and the original recording of Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones. The car was on loan. NBC had to pay a bit of royalties for the song. It didn't really cost 1.5M. IT IS A JOKE. The fact that millions of people can't get that, but think that Jay Leno is funny, scares me.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Pat Starkman

    Hey Sam and Teamcoco, I'm well over 40 and considered old in most circles. I totally get Conan, and can't stand Leno (he hasn't been funny for years). So, don't go pigeonholing the old folks as being Leno fans. My brain still works just fine, and my sense of humor is still intact. When Conan leaves NBC, I'll switch over to Dave.
    Go get'em Conan!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  99. USSKIM

    I am impressed with Conan. Putting out money from his own pocket to help his staff. NBC is wrong, Jeff Zucker should retire, he is hurting NBC. Go Conan, I will always support you for I have joined Team Conan, and what ever TV show you go to I will watch you. As for your support for stillerstrong.org, I went there and donated to that great cause. The type of company NBC has become, is not a Company I support any more. Go Conan, TEAM CONAN forever

    January 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Darren

    Put it this way. Even if Conan them spend that money, you really think NBC is gonna donate that money to anybody?? Nope! Has not even crossed their mind. Dont blame Conan for making them spend money on useless sketches. Because that money would go no where else other then the pockets of the VIPs. They shattered Conan's dream of hosting the late night show. All the flak NBC is getting they deserve. The only reason I will watch NBC now is for Football and the fact they have the Roots on Jimmy Fallon. Besides its going to be Comcast soon anyway, they seemed to have failed anyway.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Bob LaMonta

    The only thing funnier than Conan's bits the past couple of nights – and I'm not even a Conan fan – is the righteous indignation of the people commenting on this site. Get a clue, people. They're jokes. Period.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  102. J.M.

    True there are more important things happening in the world than Conan losing this gig but it may have been easier for him and his 200 staff to take had they not uprooted family to move out to L.A.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Dan

    For all the Leno fans out there saying that Conan is being a crybaby and acting immature, I pose this question to you. Doesn't it seem like Leno is being immature since the plan he agreed to 5 years ago isn't working out and he wants to return to the safety (and utter predictability) of his old worn-out blanky? Couldn't Leno have been the bigger man here and said "look, I agreed to this. It didn't work out, but I'll be a man of my word and not ruin the lifelong dream of a truly funny man"? Leno could've retired, all his fans could watch CSI reruns in syndication at 11:30 or whatever the 50+ crowd watches, and the rest of us could've enjoyed Conan for years to come!

    TEAM COCO!!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  104. skipper

    Get real folks. And lighten up a bit. It is comedy. It was not really the Kentucky Derby winner. It was not really a mink snuggie. It was not really the super bowl playing on the monitor. It did not really cost millions of dollars. He is having a bit of fun at NBCs expense and making people laugh. And heaven knows we need a few laughs with all of the bad news bombarding us daily.

    He lost his dream job. Regardless of how trivial it is or how it pales compared to things that are truly important, I am sure it is painful for him. Just enjoy the show. It will be over soon and we can all go back to our somber existence.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  105. mike b

    I can't believe this many people don't understand that this was a joke! He did NOT buy Mine that Bird. He did not dress it in a pink snuggie. He aired footage from a USFL game played in 1984. There was not $4.8M spent on the bit. It's dissappointing that CNN reports this crap as fact but they've obviously decided to not bother with holding to their marketing catch phrase. "The most trusted place for news." Certainly not in this case.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Deis

    Thank You Lauren and Larry for explaining to everyone that this was a joke. The skit cost closer to $4 rather than $4 million. It was performed to make people laugh and get people to watch tonight.

    And all the people complaining about how childish Conan is will also be watching tonight. Go Conan! We will be watching you somewhere in September. To the rest of you, Good luck with Leno! I would rather sleep than watch his dull/dumbed-down humor.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  107. lucy2

    I watched the episode. It was CLEARLY a joke. I'm amazed people don't get that, or more importantly, that CNN didn't get it either, yet reported on it as if it were fact. Next we'll see reports about some crazy doctors at Seattle Grace hospital, or a profile of a struggling paper company in Scranton PA.

    For those not believing it to be a joke, think about it. All shows have a budget that they must stick to for each episode. Anything beyond that would have to be approved by dozens of people up the chain of command. No one at NBC would have approved an extra penny for Conan's last episodes, let alone millions of dollars.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Todays Comedian

    Its so obvious....Jay is in the past...all the old people are for him...conservative old people....Conan is now...today....NBC is basically hiring someone who should already be retired...today's generation is watcing and they will watch fox instead for today's humor...no humor from the 80's

    January 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Joel

    Makes me laugh when people say "OHHH that money should go to Haiti", Americas government and people are already doing plenty for Haiti as is. Conans popularity has skyrockected these past 2 weeks and NBC is benefiting from it. This was Conans dream job and what is happening to him is complete BS.

    Oh, and donations to pay for my college are welcome for those who love to donate for good causes.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Lynda

    I can't believe NBC doesn't know the dollar cost of what Conan is spending! Likely some NBC exec has to approve it – wouldn't you think? They are indulging the last few tapings of the Tonight Show with Conan O'Brian and will probably get the ratings in the last few days to justify it while Conan pretends to fuel the fire of injustice. I am not a Conan fan but I do feel for him.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  111. jkirk

    This kind of behavior is why no one wants to watch him & his stupid antics

    January 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Ginger

    A JOKE and a good one, apparently!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Mikey

    Think about it. He was promised the Tonight show years ago from Leno and it was taken back in 7 months. From a business point of view, his potential earnings for a long series have been lost. He should have gotten even more from NBC for what has happened.

    People think Conan is greedy and wasteful with NBC's money, but think about what NBC did. They destroyed an old studio and built Conan a new one that apparently was pretty expensive ($50 MM I think). And his studio was only used for 7 months. Now tell me who is wasteful now? It's really NBC and not Conan.

    NBC is short sighted because Conan is the future of late night and he appeals directly to the Gen Y audience, whereas Leno appeals to the old folks who are about to retire and won't stay up late to watch his show. I can't wait for Conan to appear on Fox, Fox.com, Hulu.com , and every other online video provider. Sitting in front of the TV is what old people do. NBC should start catering to the up and coming generation.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  114. 12345

    I think its extremely hilarious that he's making NBC waste all that money. Thats what NBC gets for kicking conan off the show!!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Anup B

    Good riddance of this Conan guy! I will always take the Leno jokes compared to this crappy guy!!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Lars

    I am glad to see that at least a few people here get that Conan's stunts are just jokes, and he didn't really spend that amount of money on them. I am surprised that so many people with no sense of humor are watching him anyway. Even though he is sticking it to the "man" only figuratively, I love it. Since everyone is so worried about donating to Haiti, Boycott NBC until they donate 4.8M!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Heavenly Creature

    What an immature stunt, and one that will probably land him in hot water, and rightfully so. While I believe Conan was wronged by NBC, this is not the way to go out.

    People have long memories. I just lost interest in anything Conan O'Brien does in the future.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Geo

    Comedy. You might not like it but that is what it is pure and simple. These are jokes. I am flabbergasted that people are such sheep that they believe that Conan really spent 4.8 million on that sketch. Wake up America. If you were one of the people ranting earlier you may want to take a moment to to do some serious introspection.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Faith Lehane

    I think it's great that Conan is spending NBC money. What he is spending is the budget originally given to the show. Money that is for the show, not to be given to charity. Should he had been able to he would have. With that, I think it's great that he is hurting NBC where it hurts most. NBC was completely wrong in pulling the show before it could build a larger audience and Leno is as low as they come for accepting the show back. I hope he fails. I'm with Conan all the way!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  120. seriously

    This article should've never been written. It provides no evidence that Conan actually made NBC spend $4.8 million, and it's polarizing readers against Conan. It also doesn't quote any NBC execs, and only pulls quotes from Conan's comedy bit. The fact that someone actually was paid for writing this article makes me want to vomit.

    And please stop mentioning Haiti and Conan in the same sentence....seriously.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Simple1

    Seriously people, if you were screwed over from your job, and they hired someone back to replace you, that YOU originally replaced based on a contractual agreement set 6 years ago, you would be pissed too...don't even try to deny it. I give him all the credit in the world too for doubling his 200 member staff's severance pay with his own money...Good job Conan.

    Personally, I think Conan's "sticking it to NBC" manuever is quite hilarious, yet a little overdone....maybe he should make a bit in which he donates a ton of NBC's money to the Haiti Relief Effort....with that said, I will watch his final show tonight to see if he does something to that nature....Have fun being on FOX next fall Conan

    January 22, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  122. CK

    I am not sure what is worse...the fact that people actually think Coco spent the money on the bits (obviously nothing damaging done to the car or horse to make them worthless or indicate they were not "borrowed")...or that people don't see the humor and are getting all Haiti sensitive. They were skits on a comedy show. This is why the rates have been bad, a lot of America does not have a sense of humor!! Go Coco Go!!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Jason

    Would the NFL footage cost NBC anything? They do have Sunday Night Football, so it would seem like they already have the NFL's permission to air this "restricted" footage.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Lauren

    It's a JOKE! If you think he really spent the money you are probably the people that don't find him funny because you don't understand his jokes. Enjoy Jay Leno when he returns and can appeal to your lower level of humor.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Larry

    Lighten up Folks. He didn't buy the Horse (That was not the real horse), He didn't do any of those things. It was a comedy bit. ALL MAKE BELIEVE! It is and was a joke. He didn't spend millions of dollars to get back at NBC. Seriously some of you people need to lighten up, and get the joke. He is not acting like a kid throwing a temper tantrum. He is doing this all for show. And guess what.. its working! People are talking about it, and his ratings are going to be huge tonight, and they will be just as big when he reappears on FOX in September.
    He may not be everybodys cup of tea, but he is a very smart man, and has a very smart staff. This is ALL for show folks.. ALL for show! They are al cheap gags, to make people laugh AND talk about at the watercooler at work the next day. Perfect PR!
    For those who thought it was real.. you are probably the same people who get scammed from on the internet. Don't believe everything you see, read or hear, especially if it is coming from a Comedian! It's their job to mess with reality, and his joke worked. A good portion opf you really believed he spent all that money! He is a genius!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  126. I'm on Team Coco

    Totally agree with others - it's not like NBC said they would donate that money to Haitit so WHY are posters bringing the Haiti issue into this??

    Admittedly, it is a LITTLE petty, but I think he feels he was wronged by them and that he's missing out on years worth of notoriety and pay by losing his Tonight Show seat. Completely understand where he's coming from....

    January 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  127. SeattleSaint

    Hahah, Conan you RULE!!!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Bryan

    It's pretty simple. What Conan's doing here is raising the stakes by showing a no-holds-barred version of late night comedy that you can't see anywhere else. His ratings are through the roof, and he's creating a legacy and buzz about himself that will surely give him an opportunity with another show at another network. I'd be very surprised if we don't see Conan, Leno, and Letterman all in the same timeslot in the near future.

    He's providing comedy for a younger generation. The popularity of late night talk shows has been declining for quite some time. Younger generations do not like or understand Leno or Letterman. People don't just sit in bed and watch whatever's on anymore, there needs to be some sort of hook, and he's giving it to them.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  129. jakirkinCA

    I would think that if Conan thought that if NBC was going to give any money to Haiti, then he would not have done what he did. Otherwise, it just comes out of their operating budget. Besides, I can well imagine that NBC knew that Conan would in all likelihood do something outrageous! Besides, the higher ratings that Conan has generated since this situation have not been a bad thing for NBC! I've actually stopped watching NBC altogether since they cancelled "My Name Is Earl!"

    January 22, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Billy Bob

    The millions may not have gone to Haiti, but they could have gone to NBC / GE stockholders.

    Please tell me that someone froze Johnny Carson and a cure has been found. Not one of these late night guys, and there now seems to be a bunch of them, can compare to Johnny; not even close.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Kathy

    Some people posting here think old folks don't get Conan. Well, as a a 50-something woman, I totally get his humor. GO CONAN!!! What NBC did to Conan and Leno was inexcusable.

    BTW...putting the Tonight Show up for sale on Craigslist was genius!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Jennifer

    Spiteful? NBC screwed him very publicly for Leno. I am watching just to see his 'spite'. Kudos to him for every move he makes to night on his last show! And Leno should be ashamed of himself! It's time to hang it up old man. I will not be watching Leno. After tonight, 11:30 will be my new bedtime! Until Conan returns somewhere else of course.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Hannah

    I am and will always be Team COCO!!! Conan was wronged by NBC so the fact that he is making the best of his exit shouldn't be frowned upon.. Jay Leno should have never left the Tonight Show if he was going to whine like a sissy and ask to come back. Little do he know, his show is going to do horrible, the ratings will never surpass Conan, nor will he gain new viewers. He's a dry, old guy who doesn't have half the wit of Conan. He's not clever, just a ham. Conan(Harvard grad) is intelligent, witty, and definitely funny on so many levels. NBC giving him $45 mil is a nice "give you the boot" stipend but this man clearly wants to stay on air doing HIS show. If you really think about it, what does Jay Leno have to offer aside from, "Jay-walking" and the Fruitcake Lady( R.I.P. to a beautiful lady)... Absolutely nothing but dull, corny jokes with no delivery that lack luster. He won't do well in returning to the show.. TRUST that the people aren't supporting him on this move.. LOVE YOU CONAN

    January 22, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Aaron

    I the world of show biz... they rented it... they didn't pay for that... someone at NBC still has to sign off on that before they use it...

    January 22, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Jim

    Frank, DGriff and the rest of you with short term memories. It was Conan that pouted until Jay got fired. The kid could not command the audience that Jay built up. Face it, Conan is a loser, a whiner, a 3rd rate comedian.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Markus

    Conan is hilarious. We can all point our fingers and say "what a waste; it should have gone to Haiti" but we're all a bunch of hypocrites anyway.

    I'd write more but I have to log off because I'm selling my computer to send Haiti money...

    January 22, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Rick

    Conan should take all the shots at NBC that he can. I couldn't imagine anyone just walking away from the crappy way he has been treated by that corporate toilet.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  138. brian

    The problem with Conan is that his style of humor requires a level of intelligence that is slightly higher than that of the average American viewer. He relies heavily on satire, irony, and sarcasm that most people aren't smart enough to comprehend. Conan's bits are essentially so stupidly funny that they're genius. Just because you don't get the joke, doesn't mean it's not funny.

    Also, Conan/NBC did not buy any of these items. It's a gag. A bit. A lie meant to entertain. And it is hilarious.

    Lastly, It's good to support the needy in Haiti but try to remember that Conan O'Brian is not doctor, disaster relief expert, or emergency rescue worker, he's a clown. So lighten up and laugh at him.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Chris for Coco

    Does anyone really think that he actually bought the horse? It's a sketch. Chill out everyone.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Tony

    Conan you rock!! I cant stand overly sensitive people with ZERO sense of humor. These past few shows have been hilarious! Thank you Conan, for everything you do...

    January 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Blah

    Conan should write a $10million check to Haiti charities tonight!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  142. Dizzle

    All these people who think Conan really spent this money the past couple of nights are obviously Jay Leno fans because they must be 40-70 years old and oblivious to sarcasm.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  143. goCoCogo

    Not only are the 'million-dollar gags' just gags, not only is there no fortune being spent, much less any donation being diverted from Haiti (and if that's really your concern, fly to Haiti and grab a shovel, hypocrite), the sickening part is the Tonight Show is being stolen YET AGAIN from a jackass who never deserved it in the first place!

    JOHNNY CHOSE LETTERMAN. The Late Show was created to keep Dave Letterman at NBC until Johnny retired, because that's who JOHNNY though should replace him. NBC shafted several other people to make Jay 'permanent guest host', then shafted Johnny, Dave AND the audience to give Leno the show in a shady backroom deal. Johnny Carson was never happy about it, and used to fax Letterman jokes for his monologue after he moved to CBS.

    And Johnny was right. When he first picked Dave, I wasn't too sure he was the right man for the job – like Conan, he seemed a tad too wacky and shrill for the more mainstream Tonight Show audience. Now, many years later, Dave has broadened and matured as a performer and as an interviewer and is a much funnier and more sophisticated entertainer than that Machiavellian weasel Jay Leno could ever be.

    Jay is not acting as a loyal NBC 'company man' in this – he's acting out of his hugely inflated ego, for the second time publicly screwing over another a fellow entertainer to get what HE wants. Leno certainly doesn't need money, but he'll shrivel up and die if he has to stop getting his nightly dose of applause. Dave and Conan love GIVING the audience entertainment and it shows. Leno loves GETTING laughs and applause, and there's nothing funny about that.

    The best thing to come of all this, is now there will be one more talk show out there to eat away at NBCs ratings potential. Jay never got Johnny's ratings, 'cause he's had to share them with Dave. Now he gets to take an even smaller share, while he splits the audience with Dave and Jimmy Kimmel and now Conan, too. EAT IT, Leno.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Alan

    Thank God he is almost gone. No wonder he could not compete with Jay or Dave in the rating. Maybe he can host the new version of Romper Room.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Peter

    Ok, obviously nobody here is paying attention to him when he spends a minute each of these last shows talking about Haiti and encouraging viewers to donate to Ben Stiller's charity that has been set up for this purpose. Also, if you REALLY believe this $4.8 million garbage, look around online. It's been stated that that was NOT Mine That Bird and the footage in back was of the USFL. He's a comedian, people, and these skits are SUPPOSED to be funny.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Cristine from IL

    Hi – anyone that is saying that Conan is wrong to do that sort of thing just doesn't understand Conan's sense of humor! Duh! He is neither manipulative nor spiteful – it's all a joke people! Now you can get your very unfunny Jay back. Laaaaame.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Matt

    These sketches are extremely funny...

    Those of you spouting off about Conan needing to spend that money on Haiti need to understand that the money wasn't going to go there anyway, he's not taking it away...AND THE REAL FUNNY THING IS THAT HE HAS PROMOTED DONATIONS TO HAITI THROUGH STILLERSTRONG on his show at least 3 times! Maybe you should watch the show before making an assumption...

    January 22, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Jim

    Think about it. It's not just the last 6 months hosting the Tonight Show, it's about the last decade and a half of dedication Conan gave the network only to have NBC toss him?

    Go Conan!!!!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Mark

    It's a joke!! The people that believe Conan bought Mine That Bird and the Bugotti car and NBC is stuck paying millions probably also believe that Conan is really selling the show on Craigslist.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Susansocal

    Celebrities should boycott the Tonight Show when Leno comes back on. Leno should have gracefully bowed out. I look forward to Conan's new show! I wasn't a huge fan or watcher of Conan before all of this, but I sure am now and will be in the future.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  151. quintjs

    It is so troubling that people have taken that bit seriously.

    At no point has Conan, Leno or really anyone ever have or have had permission to spend NBC money, especially not after they are leaving the network.

    That bit would barely have cost anything.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  152. C.O.B.

    NBC is getting exactly what it deserves, a boost in ratings at a very high price. N-othing B-ut C-rap

    January 22, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Kevin

    Everyone seems to have an opinion on how to better spend someone else's money. Conan was the only one authorized to spend that money, and he did. Funny or not, good for him.

    If you think that someone else's money should be spend somewhere else then do us all a favor. Donate your own money to Haiti. Because that is really the only money that you have control over. I already did. And I'm not complaining about this bit. Funny how that works out.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Chelle

    GO CONAN!! And don't come back. Talk about being bitter and immature! Grow up while you're spending your millions. I honestly don't understand how people can look at him every night. YUCK!!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Joe

    I love the folks here that say things like "what NBC did to him" – did they put him out of work, foreclose on his home, put his kids on the street? No – they changed his time slot – wah wah wah. The guy should get over himself. Yes, he and his TEAM of writers are marginally funny but really, the only thing he probably can't pack is his giant over sized ego. What a complete donkey. Now he goes and makes a fuss about it – after getting $33 million to leave? Get over yourself conan, go get your prescriptions renewed and then come back and join the rest of us on Earth.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  156. The Queen

    The Coco team only have themselves to blame. If you guys watch him at 11:30, he won't be in this predicament. When is it unacceptable if the employee does not perform to par and get fired. Conan is acting like a spoiled brat.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  157. Wayne Messer

    I LOVE IT. Great Job Conan!!!!!!

    NBC–Nothing But Conan!!!!!!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  158. TommyK

    Seriously, you people makine a correlation between Conan and the earthquake in Haiti need to lighten up! It's just a bit people! A joke! A spoof! A brillliant one at that!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Justin

    People, RELAX. Nobody actually spent $4.8M on a 45-second bit. Conan didn't actually buy the horse, that wasn't real mink, and that wasn't an NFL football game on the tv. It was a joke. Just like Wednesday night, I guarantee you the million dollar car went back to the dealer.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Jamie

    The irony is that I'm sure NBC is making more money than Conan is spending from the increased viewership his stunts are providing. Otherwise, they would have done something about it. Go NBC, Go Conan.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  161. Penny

    Would these self-absorbed celebrities please take their millions and go away? I will not tune in to any of them now – Letterman already lost me as a viewer with his total arrogance, and Fallon just isn't cutting it as talk show host, in my opinion. I will be doing anything other than watching the late night talk shows. Also, it must be said that NBC has displayed extremely dishonorable business behavior – for what it's worth.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Kelly

    All the Leno fans need to lighten up. This is all in good fun. Conan's going out with a bang!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  163. Diana

    Johnny can never be replaced.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Louis

    All class Conan. All class. This has completely and irreparably altered my opinion of him. While what NBC did was unquestionably wrong, Conan's reaction has been beyond morally reprehensible. He's acting like a spoiled rich kid angry that dad took away the car. I will go out of my way to never be part of anything he works in again.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  165. Peter Moss

    And as stated, no ... he didn't spend 4.8 million on that skit ... it what is known as a joke ... a gag ... irony ... to me it was funny even though I knew it was just a gag.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Team Coco

    To all the people that are relating this money lost to Haiti...PLEASE..you think NBC would donate that money regardless?

    Do you also realize that Conans stunts are bringing NBC a TON of money right now. He's probably breaking even if not generating more money.

    Look ho much publicity hes getting with this $4.8 million stunt. Worth it for NBC.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Squiggles

    Conando: I am going to miss you and I am looking forward (with anticipation) to your show in September. No longer will I tolerate the negative and bleak sounding news so that I can get my "Conando" fix. Now, I will establish a new sleeping routine...Bed at 11 p.m. So, thank you NBC. Thank you for reminding me that I need to sleep. Conando was the ONLY reason I stayed up late.
    Wherever Conando goes, I will follow. Tonight is the last night of late-night revelry with my pal Conando. Ieagerly anticpate your new show. Then, and only then, will I adjust my sleeping schedule.
    Nobody made me laugh like Conan. His skits were never about making people look dense and stupid. Rather, he has the ability to poke fun at himself to make us laugh after a hard day's work, dealing with family drama and, oh yeah, traversing home in nasty traffic....Until we ride again Conando....and ride again we shall !!!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  168. Peter Moss

    Conan is from the world of show business ... his behavior is not "WRONG" ... not "unethical" ... not "immoral" ... it's goofy, zaney, showy, it's exactly what he is paid to do. NBC would have put a stop to it if they were truly offended. Letterman had a ton of fun at GE's expense on his final day, and it was one of the funniest bits in the history of the late night network.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  169. katrina

    Actually, they didn't have to pay anything for the first bit with the car and the Stones song. You know, the one that supposedly cost $1.5 million? If they had, that's around how much they would've paid, but they didn't. So I'm guessing that they didn't pay $4 million for last night's bit with the horse either. A quote from ABC News & GMA:

    New York-based entertainment lawyer Steve Gordon told ABCNews.com Thursday that existing agreements between NBC and music licensing companies would allow the "Tonight Show" to play "Satisfaction" at no additional cost for a live or time-delayed performance.

    As for the Bugatti - O'Brien called it the most expensive car in the world, and he's likely right. Car research Web site Edmunds.com lists the price for the 2009 Bugatti Veyron model at $1.99 million.
    But the show didn't actually shell out any money to put an earlier model of the Bugatti Veyron on air. The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles told ABCNews.com Thursday that it lent the show its 2006 Bugatti Veyron for free.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  170. kris

    yes it did cost 4.8 million but it cost the studio. . . there is no way they were going to donate that to haiti anyway. . . think about it!

    January 22, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  171. Neal

    Please, people. That was not Mine That Bird, and it was not a previous Super Bowl on that TV. That bit cost a couple of thousand dollars. The previous night's auto was returned to the dealership. These are comedy bits...don't take it seriously.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  172. Dustin

    LOVE this! LOVE Conan! He may not have been getting good ratings but NBC is also in last place in prime time! He's being punished because local affiliates forced NBC to cancel Jay's HORRIBLE show, which included sketches about him being a buddy cop with a cat...The worst part is NBC is refusing to let Conan take the characters and bits he and his writers spent years creating. NBC is a joke and it's all I can do to even watch The Office now because I hate them so much. Jay should never have gotten The Tonight Show the first time. He has screwed 2 people out of jobs they deserved in a 20 year period. Hopefully Conan does what Letterman did and goes on to make a better show at another network for more money.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Rick

    I have given Conan several attempts to make me laugh at any of his shows and/or skits. I just shake my head in disgust that NBC is actually paying him ANYTHING. Albeit NBC could send millions for Haiti, they instead give it to a "COMIC"–( I use the term loosely and with hesitation). Long remember the king of late night television–Johnny Carson-May he rest in peace.
    Goodbye and farewell to Conan. If he never appears on television again, what a treat for the American public.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  174. KJ

    we can't believe NBC would buy a million dollar car for 1 skit. it was on loan for the day, as advertising. the horse is not for sale, and the NFL footage being used is not going cost $4.8M, either. it is all just a joke, just a jab at the network. funny until we find out there is truth behind it.

    January 22, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  175. Sam

    Conan's comedy has always been based on the bizarre and absurd. Spending millions on a horse, putting a mink on it and getting the horse to watch restricted football is absurd, and for his fans, hilarious. I thought it was great television, and I hope he figures out a way to spend ten million dollars Friday night. To say, "why not send that money to Haiti," is simplistic. Give me a break, like every extra dollar in America is going to Haiti or any other charity anyway. Whatever.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  176. karlene

    All this publicity – for what? Two overpaid talk show hosts who have ceased to be really funny and are only on the air to allow movie stars to act silly, dress badly and promote their movies. Not funny anymore.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  177. rob

    Calm down, everybody – that wasn't the real horse but an imposter. That was all verified by tmz.com.

    Besides, Conan is one of the kindest people on TV and NBC's attitude towards him is despicable. I'm never going to watch that network again as long as those who are responsible for this scandal work there.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  178. 14Leno is stupid

    14 Leno said "Conan's immaturity is one of the main reasons he couldn't carry this show's audience in the first place"

    First, in no way, shape or form was Conan being bumped for lack of ratings. In fact it was Leno who's ratings were a joke. More people were watching reruns of the Jersey Shore than watching Leno's hour long crapfest. Which brings me to my second point. Of all the late night hosts on any network, Jay Leno is without a doubt the least funny. I'd rather watch Craig Ferguson than Jay Leno (Yikes). Third, Conan made his audience by his sophomoric jokes and awkwardness and he clearly has a pretty strong following. Lastly, If you were surprised and disappointed by Robin Williams pushing the envelope, then you obviously have never watched Robin Williams at any point of his career. Williams wasn't spiteful of Leno, just NBC, but you really set him straight. You're not a fan of his anymore, he must really be hurting.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  179. nick

    i'm glad he's spending all of their money.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  180. Gayle

    Welcome back Jay, we have missed you.
    Conan would not be gone if he had the ratings, childish behavior is borish!

    January 22, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Alissa

    i'm wondering how many of these people who think Conan is so 'stupid' went to Harvard.

    Conan is the smartest guy on late night.

    I'm also wondering how many of these people being self-righteous about Haiti actually donated money to Haiti relief.

    Conan brought up Haiti several times last night.

    Conan is alright by me.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  182. walla

    Just as in Conan's "Bugatti mouse" sketch, I am sure that no significant purchases were actually made. To believe such extravagant purchases could be made without approval from NBC is absurd (never mind the fact that Mine That Bird would never be sold for this purpose). O'Brien is just having a laugh at NBC, but not flushing money down the drain as his skits might have you believe.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  183. Mike

    Gals and guys, the way this works is that NBC allots a budget for Conan's show. As he's being removed, this is essentially money that has to be spent on the show or goes back into the NBC coffers.

    I agree that a massive charitable contribution to Hati (or any other of a number of worthwhile organizations) would be great. But dollars to donuts says that somewhere in his contract is a stipulation saying that the budget for Conan's show must be spent on the show.

    Regardless... Go Conando!

    January 22, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  184. Phillip

    This is fantastic! Stick it to the man, Conan!!! He will do well on another network.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  185. Wolfen

    I'm not a fan of Conan or Jay. Letterman and the Scottish dude after him have always been funnier. Jay's too boring, and Conan too odd.

    But I think Conan's antics over the past few weeks have been priceless. He ought to screw NBC as hard as he can. They screwed this up. I hope that Jay loses even more viewership than he'd caused Conan to lose with his really, really unfunny 10pm show.

    I tried to watch the 10pm show about a dozen times, but never saw anything even a little funny. The obstacle courses for the celebs, the singing dude, Norton, the tired banter between him and the bandleader - All of that was really lame.

    Go Letterman!!!

    January 22, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  186. JanM

    If I were in the position to hire Conan in 6 months. (I own a business and have hired competitors staff for positions) I would seriously look at what Conan is doing and say to myself. What if I hire him and things go bad in a few months to a year – is this how Conan would act towards my company? I would be very hesitate to put my business in that situation. I had the opportunity 2 years ago to hire a person who had worked at my competition and was very good. But he basically tried to undermine badly the competition when he was leaving. I considered it very unprofessional and passed him up. Now this guy is doing the same thing to another competitor. Conan is looking bad – not funny for what he is doing.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  187. Thomas

    It is so annoying that some of you actually bring up the Haiti thing when talking about late night tv entertainment. Yes......NBC could donate that money to Haiti.........you could not eat out at a restaurant for the next 12 months and donate all of that money......stop going to the movies(or renting them) for 2 years.....donate it instead........you really do not need all of those shoes.....buy 1 pair for $20 and donate the rest to Haiti..........Oprah gives cars to people in her audience.........stop it and give to Haiti...........stop buying your kids things.....Haiti needs the money. It is really nice that people have donated (I have too) but it does not mean that life and entertainment have to stop around the world has to stop.....most of the people saying send the money to Haiti will stop talking about it once CNN stops reporting it in the headlines (like the tsunami)....and they will go back to stuffing there face with restaurant food and waiting in line at Starbucks (I am assuming you have stopped doing this now and are sending all of that money to Haiti).
    Bottom line.....Conan is hilarious.......Leno could never be that funny. NBC had the golden ticket with Conan and Fallon........they blew it.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  188. Jon

    Don't question why Conan is doing this...he is getting shafted big time....by Leno & NBC. Why doesn't Leno walk the other way & say "hey, I handed off the show to Conan & it's only fair to let him continue"? He's a selfish, unfunny comedian that doesn't know when to quit. Get lost, Jay!

    January 22, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  189. Laura

    Conan should simply call the American Red Cross and on behalf of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, contribute $5 million dollars. It would be hard for the network NOT to pay that. I understand why Conan's doing what he's doing, and the mink snuggie was funny, but between the recession, the earthquake and the floods, it was a bit over the top, imo.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Mark

    Come on folks! You don't really believe Conan bought a horse, do you? And do you seriously think NBC will let anything air that's not in their best interest? It's all a public stunt, trying to use the situation to boost ratings. The way Conan bad mouths NBC on their own network, they want that to happen. I'll bet even more tune in tonight just to see what he'll say. None of it is live. Conan is doing exactly what NBC wants him too, getting people to tune in.
    The real test will be can Jay get them back? I doubt it.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Aaron

    This money never would of gone to charity and who is to say he actually spent that much money. He could be joking on the amounts. It sounds to me like he is trying to spend as much of the shows budget as he can that way when Jay comes back he has no money to spend on his bits. Which means he will have to do nothing but read stupid news paper clippings like he did before he left.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  192. Ben

    Anyone who believes they actually spent $4.8 million to bring a horse on stage and put him in a "mink snuggie" is an idiot. I watched the show. it was amusing and not for one second did I think that was actually THE horse or that it cost $4.8 million. Get a grip.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Jessica

    GO CONAN! You know what? I'm done with NBC and won't be watching any of Jay Leno. Hope Conan goes to Fox and we'll watch him there. Cant wait for tonight's final show.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  194. tbrown

    It amazes me that so many of you get sucked into believing that Conan actually spent $4.8M on this skit.

    There is no way Conan's show would ever have authority to spend that kind of money without some approval process by NBC in place, even if his show was Number 1 in the ratings. Also since the show is also taped there is no way NBC is going to broadcast anything that would result in FCC fines or legal action.

    This "crazy expensive" spending on skits is a joke and nothing more.

    Good bye Conan – Long live Letterman

    January 22, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  195. A

    I can't believe everyone actually thinks he spent that money or that those things cost that much. Maybe the real humor of that just was in fooling all the idiots that believed the joke. No wonder people like Leno they understand what a joke even is.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  196. Adam

    So Conan is getting a hefty chunk of change as he leaves NBC, but think of all of the additional money he would have made had he been able to keep his job for many years to come. I say GO CONAN, spend that money!!! This feud has NOTHING to do with Haiti, and just like so many others here have said, this money would not have gone to Haiti anyway. I just hope he is being smart about this and has quadruple checked to be sure these stunts don't come back to bite him in the arse! Long Live Conan!!! Can't wait to see where he goes next. PLEASE tell me it's going to be cable so he is not so restricted for once!

    January 22, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Alex

    He should free that Brit couple in Somalia for $4 million and put them in snuggies on the show hahaha

    January 22, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  198. sean duncan

    I really feel that Conan O'Brien has been treated very badly by NBC. I don't think that the money given to him will in any way compensate for his removal from the Tonight Show. I think that Jay Leno is vastly over rated and I find Conan to be much funnier. The problem for NBC was putting Jay Leno on earlier. He should have walked away and let Conan have his time. Also Leno should be seen by NBC as the problem, not the solution. Shame on you NBC!!!

    January 22, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  199. bambam

    Nobody really knows how much money he is wasting of NBC, but those of you ignorant enough to believe that NBC would have given it to Haiti relief efforts or world hunger or any other charitable organization need to wake up. Who cares how much money he spends of NBC they would only use it to line their pockets anyway.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  200. EJ

    Even if NBC wasn't going to send any money to Haiti, this was just poor taste. Up until this point, I really had a lot of respect for how he stood up for his staff, making sure they were compensated for all of this, but now - not so much. What a disappointment. I've never thought Conan was particularly funny – at least not my kind of humor. Now he's just acting like a 2 yr. old that didn't get his way.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  201. Aquapandora

    I am in full support of Conan, and all his anti-NBC endeavors. It should be fairly obvious to any halfway intelligent person that what he is doing is simply for comedy, not spite. Don't think NBC isnt aware that during these final episodes his ratings will be through the roof, and as a result drum up enough revenue for NBC that this will all be irrelevent in the scheme of things.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  202. Bob

    Everybody just calm down....it was a comedy bit–it wasn't real.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Rob

    Sounds like a bunch of NBC staffers spouting the company line in here....

    January 22, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Jim

    Thank you Conan for throwing the political correctness out the window! Us americans are so spoiled anymore. Im sick of people whining about being offended. suck it up. Its called freedom of speech. If you don't like it don't watch it.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  205. Ted

    Wow, Looks like Jay's supporters are out in full force today. I for one will not ever be watching Jay again. His current show at 10pm is 100% unwatchable and unfunny. I think Conan brings a freshness and youth to The Tonight Show. Jay is an old man now and his comedy schtick is lame. He tells the same jokes over and over again. If I had to listen to one more.. "Uh Kev, I tell ya, the economy is bad, real bad. How bad is it?" Or AIG jokes. C'mon – get new material.
    People are saying Conan is being childish.. I think it's been hysterical the way he's sticking to NBC with these crazy expensive skits. I am looking very forward to what he does tonight.....and wherever he ends up, I'll be watching.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  206. Drummer

    Psst! It's a COMEDY show. The Veyron sketch didn't actually cost $1.5M, and the horse/NFL sketch wasn't $4.8M. Jokes, people!

    January 22, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  207. Saly

    Wasteful? Wasteful??!! Compared to what people make in show business, $4.8M is NOTHING! James Cameron probably spends that much on toilet paper. In one day! If you think this is wasteful, don't be a hypocrite and stop going to the movies.

    I'm also nearly 60 years old and think Conan is hilarious. Jay works better than cold medicine to put me to sleep. Too bad, I would start watching Letterman if it wasn't for Paul Schaffer.....

    January 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Matt

    Coco...You're Brilliant!

    January 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  209. James Moore

    Do you really believe that it cost $4.8 million?! It's a COMEDY SHOW folks. The football footage wasn't really from the Super Bowl and the Horse was not really Mine that Bird. On Wednesday, the Bugatti was lent, for free, from a local car museum. NBC only paid for the transport.

    I can't believe how gullible everyone is. If it's a comedy show, filled with sarcasm, don't believe nearly everything you hear.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Dgriff

    Imagine this. Your employer moves you and your family across the country. You do your job perfectly well. But your coworker, lets call him Kay Beno sucks at his job. So instead of firing Kay they move him to a bigger office and fire you. Saying "Kay's office was just in a bad place" he needs a better office in a better location and all your "clients" in order to do his job correctly. The truth is that "Kay Beno" is going to suck no matter what you pay him and where his office is. Your company just fired the best employee they had.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  211. LP

    How did Conan and Haiti get thrown in to the same conversation top? Even when he is being kicked off the air he still goes off and supports the effort relief in Haiti. Don't you see him posting Ben Stillers website:StillerStrong.com? 90 cents out of every dollar is donated to the relief effort. He knows how devestating the earthquake was. And yet you still have people critisizing him for taking a cash bailout becuase he refused to let go of his dream job? How many of you had ever had dreams and were even lucky enough to achieve something close to what you wanted? Conan did! Unfortunately it wasn't long run.

    Grow up people! At least this and all of his staff worked hard for many years to get to where they wanted. Go after the guys at Big Banks who recieve Billions of tax payer money and pay out thier managers bonuses. Let me hear a story about them given cash to Haiti! I'm done!

    January 22, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  212. 14Leno

    Conan's inmaturity is one of the main reasons he couldn't carry this show's audience in the first place. Let him go back to writing for others. For the money he's getting he could retire permanently – and should. I am surprised at Robin Williams though. Through all of his adulterous scandals and alcoholism, Leno stood by him. Williams lost himself a fan here also.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  213. SG

    The sketches are obviously a joke. Just go check out the articles on Huffingpost.com under Conan O'brien.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  214. Jim

    I have been sympatico with Conan. Of course, business is business. He is getting some nice spending money until he signs some mega contract next fall.

    So, why act like an a.....? He is acting like a spoiled kid; an impression that I had of him long ago.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  215. Nik

    Yes 4.8mill could have gone to Haiti. However, its NBC money and they DEFINITELY were not going to give that amount to Haiti. So I say hit em' where it hurts....their pockets.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  216. Carey Bymoen

    Unbelievable to think that with the tragedy in Haiti, the continuing work that needs to be done in New Orleans, not to mention the scores of people homeless in the US itself, that someone who has been handed a golden handshake worth $32 million would even consider what he has done. Really, this whole scenario between Leno and Conan has been a "joke" since it first started. Conan, you are a complete loser.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  217. Crhis

    Yep, all you Conan lovers are seeing the real deal here. How immature! He could have been the bigger man and just put on a high class show and left with his head high. He's an idiot who deserves to lose his job. He didn't cut it......bottom line.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  218. Cannonball

    $4.8 million was not really spent on a horse. It was pretend. Like on TV. Think about it. Conan's show has a budget just like any other show. He can't buy millions of dollars worth of things on NBC's dime without approval...

    January 22, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  219. Bobbie

    Give them Hell !!!!! I would even give the people in audience a million dollars a piece at NBC expence on your last taping.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Greg

    Comedy is subjective, reality is not. Reality is the $4.8 million would not have gone to Haiti or charity. Bad argument. It would have stayed in the pockets of NBC, possibly going to Jay Leno's Tonight Show, or to another failing pilot. Bravo Conan!

    January 22, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  221. Mark

    Wow, the majority of the posters here have no sense of humor.

    Look, the bottom line is that lazy, tired, and old people prefer Leno because he does easy, lazy humor.

    Conan is edgier than Leno and the younger people prefer this, just look at the demos.

    Leno's generation needs to get out of the way.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Brian

    Good for him, personally I think this is hilarious. And for the peple complaining about what the unemployed think about this behavior, who cares...

    January 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  223. TehLOLerCOASTER

    Who HASN'T wanted to do something like this to an employer who has wronged them?

    This is the funniest The Tonight Show has ever been.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  224. Jay Kay

    Conan has every right to do this. Jay Leno is a primadonna and despite Conan's hefty pay-out from NBC, he's still being screwed over for the sake of a washed-out old man who wasn't even funny in his prime.

    Leno the car aficionado is okay in my book. Leno the TV personality (or lack thereof) is a has-been who doesn't deserve a show.

    In any other situation I'd think Conan's actions to be childish; however, in this instance and under these circumstances, it's totally justified. NBC is slowly killing itself. Way to go.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  225. Sue

    Go Team CoCo!!! NBC gets everything he is dishing...they backed out of an offer made to him 5 years ago...he relocated for it...and now Jay is back. Sorry...won't be watching NBC anymore. Tired of Jay...Can't wait for September to see Conan back on the air! Jay sucks at 10 p.m...and will suck as ususal at 11:35 p.m.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  226. Noggins Mom

    Seriously folks, Conan is not racking up that large of a bill for NBC – it is a skit and meant to be funny....none of what he is doing and claims it is costing really is at that price. The car was offered on loan to get the TV time – per the dealer.....the song from the rolling stones is already covered under NBC's contract for music..... people it is a joke – don't take this all so seriously.....NBC would have taken him off the air if he was indeed racking up insane fee's for the show. Did I point out that IT IS A JOKE??? you not getting it is why you don't find him funny....it is why you are the perfect Leno Demographic.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  227. Joel

    Oh come on people... you don't really believe that he's getting away with all of this?

    I completely agree with Leslie and others here – this is exactly what NBC wants! Don't you think if they didn't approve of what was going on that they would pull the plug on him? They would have every right to do so... but they continue to give him the air time?

    And please don't judge Conan against Haiti in all of this. How do you know he hasn't done his part in helping? Besides... how many of you helped Haiti BEFORE this tragedy? They were in need of help before this... Haiti has nothing to do with this thread.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  228. Dan

    If you think that these bits actually cost what was stated, I would be willing to wager that you are mistaken. More than likely, the show has been renting, and then just saying they purchased it for comedic effect. I bet all of the expense accounts for the show are essentially frozen.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  229. TacoLady

    It's a joke. He didn't buy the horse. The Mink snuggie may have been fake and even if it was real it didn't cost 4.8 Million. It doesn't cost 4.8 Million to get the horse to the show and then send him back to his owners. He didn't buy the car from the previous show. At best he was charged a rental fee which was probably only a couple 100 bucks.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  230. Justin

    hey all the money we make doesnt have to go to haiti you know. Go Conan lasts night show was great gonna miss watching him

    January 22, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  231. Snipes

    Everyone who mentions Charity and Haiti after this point obviously hasn't read any of the comments and probably thinks they are the first ones to come up with this idea.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  232. jc

    Any other day I would be laughing. But 4.8 Million bucks...over 100,000 people may have died in the last few weeks...we shouldn't be so "business as usual". I see why he did it...but a little in poor taste. Sorry Conan.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  233. Smartcookie

    I think conan is hilarious. I think it is corporate greed what they did to him and what he did is what people should do, standup for whats right so GO TEAM COCO!!I I love David Letterman and hope Conan is a guest on his show ASAP!!EVERYONE knows they were not going to donate that money to Haiti, they are a corporation who never look out for the little guy.....

    January 22, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  234. Jon Doh

    It was a JOKE... It was NOT a real mink Snuggie and did NBC/The Tonight Show actually take ownership of the horse? Do you REALLY think NBC would let him throw millions of dollars out the window each night? These are JOKES...

    January 22, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  235. Frank

    Are you people serious? The man's dream, that he worked for his ENTIRE life. Something that was promised to him to only be ripped away is gone now. I can completely understand why he is doing this. All of you see the millions and say we don't feel bad for him but money does not buy happiness. At what cost does your life long dream come? Stop with the they could of sent that money to Haiti talk. They could of been sending millions to haitii daily without missing it but they haven't. So it is a moo point.

    Also think further than Conan. His entire staff went from NY to LA. Lighting guys, make up people all of that. They changed their entire lives to follow their leader. Only for the network to hose them for it and now what? Do they all relocate again dragging their families with them after only 7 short months?

    I say rack that bill up Conan. If I were him I would have the entire stage covered in platinum and serve every guest and audience member Cristal.

    Regardless of what type of suffering is going on in the world Conan shouldn't feel badly about making the network pay through the nose. Again they weren't donating that money anyhow, and it wasn't Conan's money to spend personally.

    Maybe you guys have a price tag on your dreams. I do not. If you retire from the Tonight Show you are a legend, you will never be forgotten and your legacy is sealed. This was torn from him.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  236. Greg

    No one lost or wasted 4.8 million! The products are the property of NBC, so the assets still exists. NBC can now ebay the stuff for double the cost, given the new celebrity status! The bottom line is NBC's audience appreciates the crass, dumbed-down jokes of Leno over the more sophisticated humor of COCO.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  237. george

    I highly doubt NBC wouldn't pre-approve his skits. There is some rehearsing before a show. To assume NBC can't stop Conan from spending millions is plain idiotic. This is a joke, and if you don't find it funny, then stop watching.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  238. JB

    With people in Haiti struggling, Conan wastes money just because he can? What an insensative idiot. Good bye, glad to see you go.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  239. Leslie

    Oh, please. Conan is giving NBC what it wants: RATINGS! THROUGH THE ROOF RATINGS! Surely the huge increase in the ratings will translate to higher advertising fees for NBC in the future. If anything, Conan should receive a raise in his compensation package. Or...NBC could donate the anticipated profits in advertising to Haiti. As if THAT would ever happen!

    January 22, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  240. Anirban

    This is in bad taste.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  241. dave

    Who cares. I'm a Letterman fan anyways. I wouldn't be surprised if this was all one big scam (all these BIG guests this week to improve ratings) with NBC soon being REALLY sorry and bringing Conan back. YEAAAAAAAH!

    January 22, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  242. Ronan

    Wow. A lot of you folks need to lighten up. Conan is hysterical right now, and everything he is doing NBC deserves. You must be Leno fans. Leno hasn't been funny in 20 years.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  243. Alec

    Are you people nuts? Conan is the man! What did he do wrong? He waited for five years to take over the Tonight Show and it was ripped from him in 7 months because NBC obviously didn't stand by him. Conan is a much better host on the Tonight Show than Jay Leno will ever be. I don't care if he walks away from this with $30 million in his pocket, he deserves it. In a country where jobs are hard to come at this time I would love to see how you people would react if you were promoted and then lost your job even though you signed a contract. NBC is silly to let Conan go and I think it is hilarious that he is making the station pay for it.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  244. Carrie

    Classic!!
    Way to go Conan! These "big" corps think they own the world.....way to stick it to'em.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  245. Kaye Duncan

    I didn't think Conan was funny before, I really don't like him now. Seems like NBC should pull the plug on Friday and put a rerun in his place!

    January 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  246. Jake

    I REALLY doubt that those gags cost him that much. Conan is not an idiot. He knows what kind of suffering is going on.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  247. Fran

    Conan's behavior right now is wrong. Morally and ethically wrong. Period.

    January 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  248. Jeff C.

    Kentucky Derby winners can't be bought for a mere $4.5 million. The expensive sketch bit is pricey, but he's just having fun tweaking the management.

    January 22, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  249. eve

    people are not getting it. it doesn't matter that conan is getting millions for leaving the tonight show. nbc completely screwed him over. he has ever right to get revenge. it's like if you get a promotion at your job and 7 months later management comes to you and says "sorry but we are giving you a demotion because your predecessor's coming back to the firm"... doesn't matter how much you get in a severence package, you still think about getting even... conan is just doing what everyone would like to do but can't... he should spend as much as possbile because none of that money would have gone to charity anyways... it would otherwise go to the pockets of nbc executives... team coco!!!!

    January 22, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  250. idsanity

    Not only did that sketch not cost 4.8M; it was downright cheap.

    a) They did not BUY the horse, duh
    b) The horse wasn't even "Mine that Bird"
    c) Do you really think that was mink?
    d) The football game was USFL, not the Superbowl

    January 22, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  251. Tim

    Oh, geez...lighten up, "Mainstream America"... Conan was promised the Tonight Show 5 years ago, waited his 5 years and after 7 months is told he's no longer got a job. While I always thought Conan was funny, I never really thought his edgy-at times downright weird-comedy was the right mix to appeal to the "small-town-normal" segment of the Tonight show audience who tune in anticipating gentle humor delivered by men with huge chins. Vent on, Conando, have fun, and best of luck in the future.

    January 22, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  252. Leo

    If you don't get the joke, you don't get it. It's nothing to do with spiteful. He's been his playful way since his late night. He has zero spite in his spending. If you actually read up on how much he's actually spending, then you'll know he's making it sound expensive while he's still operating with NBC's consent. He isn't stupid enough to cut ties like a vengeful employee. He has class, just just choice the more entertaining route.

    January 22, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  253. Sande

    Conan wasn't taking money away from Haiti, he was taking it away from NBC/GE shareholders. That's the risk you take in the stock market. I don't feel sorry for them at all, even if I do think what he did was spiteful–in a hilarious passive/aggressive way.

    January 22, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  254. Stu

    Conan is worth more to me than the people of Haiti. They have never made me laugh. Not once.

    Spend it all up Conan!

    January 22, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  255. Kingsapphire

    Goooo Conan!!

    January 22, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  256. teamcoco

    old folks don't get conan.

    not to worry...you'll be able to set your brain back to autopilot soon enough.

    January 22, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  257. Stinky Beetle

    Also, for the record, it has also been reported that the "restricted NFL footage" was a USFL game.

    January 22, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  258. Mikey

    HAHA!!! Conan that is awesome what you are doing to NBC. Seems to me that most of the people on here need to get a sense of humour. Leno is terrible and NBC needs slapped in the face for acting like his little pet monkies throughout all of this. Rock on Conan and Jimmy, ROCK ON!!!

    January 22, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  259. Sam

    Why do I get the feeling that all of the people who think Conan is in the wrong are 40+ and Leno fans? Conan has been at the top of his game this week as well as last week. He isnt throwing hissy fits or temper tantrums, he is sticking it to NBC the way he does best.

    January 22, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  260. jeannie

    NBC was wrong for the way they did Conan. The money he wasted was not going to go to any great cause like Haiti anyway so does it really matter anyway.. as long as it's not my money I could care less.

    January 22, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  261. Mark

    I agree Cameron,

    Go Conan,

    We will miss you, hope to see you early in September on a smarter network.

    -Mark, West Des Moines

    January 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  262. Toby

    Sorry guys but the stuff last night was extremely funny. Williams was at his manic best. Do you really think that NBC bought Mine That Bird? More likely the horse was rented for the night (which together with the insurance still cost more than most of us make in a year). The Bugatti the other night was a rental from a museum. If anything wasn't funny last night, it was Barry Manilow who NBC probably forced on Conan. Give Conan a break! He did more for his staff than most managers when it's time for layoffs. Perhaps it's time that more people stand up to management and let them know that you can't push the rank and file around and expect us to like it. NBC forgets that pipe-dreams are under the bed and nightmares are in the closet. The bed is about to collapse and the closet door will swing open. National Broadcasting Company or is it NoBodyCares? They should thank their lucky stars that they have Brian Williams and Sunday night football otherwise I'm not sure if I'd watch NBC. I feel for the local NBC affiliate because bad news is coming and it's not their fault.

    January 22, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  263. Chris

    Why is he doing this? Because it's hilarious.

    January 22, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  264. Bill

    There is no way he actually spent that much money. It's all a joke, and you're a fool if you think he actually did.

    January 22, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  265. Nola

    Haha, LINDA, get a grip and a sense of HUMOR!!! Go CONAN!!!! And I have to agree with everyone that said like this money was going to a charity if Conan didn’t spend it on ridiculous stuff…. Give me a break!!!!

    January 22, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  266. Chris B

    This is ignorant, humorless reporting at its finest. For CNN to report that it was actually "Mine that Bird" in a real mink snuggie is stupidity. The "$4.8M" was a JOKE on a COMEDY SHOW! Conan didn't really go into any secret NBC bank account....The conversations about that money going to Haiti are just pointless. Conan did not spend any network money, people.

    January 22, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  267. Lin

    Conan is an arrogant, disgusting jerk. He's walking away with 35MM dollars and he has to throw a temper tantrum on air and waste money that could be spent on another show or other people's salaries at NBC? Face it Conan, your ratings were low. Period. If you had the ratings you'd still be on NBC.

    January 22, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  268. sgl853

    He is so childish. Get a grip Conehead!

    January 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  269. Brenda

    It's pretty bad when you have to resort to potty mouth(Robin) and petty meaness as was shown last night.I'm glad to see him go.

    January 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  270. saijifjsa

    If you honestly think any of the money spent on the show would've gone to relief in Haiti...well...“(Expletive) the (expletives) that can't take a joke.”

    January 22, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  271. ScottyT

    Many of the comments about this article seem to think that Conan spending all this money is bad for the network, but in fact it is the opposite.

    These last Conan shows are seeing amazing ratings, hence much higher advertising revenue for NBC. I am sure NBC execs are thrilled with Conan's "wreckless" spending.

    January 22, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  272. Matt

    Conan has now reduced himself to being a little boy throwing a temper tantrum. Time for him to grow up. For him to cost the network $4.8MM just to be spiteful shows his true character. I was hoping things would have been worked out with all parties involved but now feel like he should have been fired a long time ago...

    January 22, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  273. herbie

    maybe for Conan's last jab at NBC he might donate 10 million dollars to the Haiti telethon there he kills two birds with one stone hit's NBC in the pocket and helps out the poor suffering people of Haiti(god bless them)

    January 22, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  274. Brian Tesh

    A lot of you keep making the point that the "$4.8 million" could be used in Haiti. This is true, but you could say that with anything! People are getting cosmetic surgery RIGHT NOW that could be used in Haiti instead! It is much like the "there are starving people in Africa, finish your food" phrase that parents used to tell. The flaw is there was no intention to donate/send food before that point, at least not in that forward facing part of the corporation. I'm sure NBC has some part in the relief effort but as a corporation they aren't going to just siphon money from their prime time shows to do it.

    January 22, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  275. heyO

    Hey, Robert.

    no one cares about PETA they are a bunch of terrorists. If you don't like Conan, then I suggest you find something to do tonight and not watch it. BUT if you are not able to find anything else to do in this world, then continue to complain about his show.

    Plus, NBC probably wasn't going to give that much to Haiti anyways....yell at NBC and other F. 500 companies if they don't donate

    January 22, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  276. Jolly

    Conan always seemed to me to be an insecure kid who gets manic to get attention. This final week of his show just shows his immaturity.

    January 22, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  277. Janet

    CHUMP CHANGE FOR NBC! I want to see something even less funny and even more expensive. They screwed Conan and they screwed his fans. Payback is and will be a bitch.

    January 22, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  278. Sara

    Rather than wasting 4.8 million maybe he could coerce the network into donating it to charity?

    January 22, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  279. Kristin

    Let him do whatever he wants. Hes getting fired. The only one who is gettting screwed is him. TEAM COCO FOREVER!!

    January 22, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  280. rsgdbg

    Really, does everyone here think that the $4.8MM was going to charity if it didn't go to pay for Conan's intellectual property? Get a grip. Go Conan...sometimes it's OK to be bitterpants.

    January 22, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  281. Cameron

    This is funny. Plain and simple.

    I'd be willing to wager that NBC's operating expenses do not correlate with their charitable donations. The amount they plan to donate (if anything) will not be impacted by this since it is a completely separate division of the company. Yes he's getting a large chunk of change but think about how much "change" he's missing out from not being able to host The Tonight Show for the next 20 years.

    NBC is wrong and Conan is making them realize it in the only way they could understand.

    January 22, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  282. Will

    Robin Williams and Conan together, the two UNFUNNIEST stupid people in show biz unite to end an equally unfunny show.

    Welcome back Jay!

    January 22, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  283. Cassandra King

    what a waste! why not try to help HAITI with that money instead of squandering it on stupid skits, make a call on air on NBC's behalf and donate some of that $ budgeted for the night's show

    January 22, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  284. Chris B

    Theres no way that money would go to Haiti, NBC has that money alloted for the show for a certain period of time. Since the show is being 'Cancelled' early until Jay takes it back in March, he's just keeping NBC from giving themselves a bigger bonus later on. Skrew em. Go COCO!

    January 22, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  285. Mellanie

    As if NBC doesn't already have ten times more than 4.8 billion to donate to Haiti. NBC deserves it. The money isnt going to Conan for whatever he spends.

    January 22, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  286. Robert D

    It was actually very funny and for what NBC did to him and his staff. Well worth the money! go conan!

    January 22, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  287. Nick P

    Would, had NBC offered to give that 4.8 million to Haiti this would reflect badly on Conan. But if they weren't going to donate it anyway how can you use that as an excuse?

    Also, why would we want to give it to PETA? So they can pay the legal fees for more arsonists?

    January 22, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  288. Vince

    Come On!...Its not like NBC was gonna give that money to Haiti anyway! He is just taking their profits. Go COCO!

    January 22, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  289. Debra R

    OK Conan, this is a bit too far....funny...but you are losing your cred....

    January 22, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  290. Robert Page

    if Conan spent $4.8 million in spite, bringing :Mine That Bird" to his show yesterday, SHAME ON HIM.....look what 4.8 million dollars would have meant to the people of Haiti, Peta, Cancer Research or stopping the exploitation of children around the globe. I find it disgusting

    January 22, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  291. Richelle

    I get it that he has been wronged by NBC! I really do. Normally, I would agree with Conan. But there was just a devastating earthquake and people are LITERALLY starving all over the world. I just feel this is not the time for this. $4.8 millions?!?!?! Come on!

    January 22, 2010 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  292. Deez

    Why is Conan being so manipulative and spitful? He's walking away with quite the chunk of change. I certainly didn't receive that kind of compensation for losing my job and I think the rest of the unemployed Americans are asking themselves what is his problem? I think whatever he costs the network should be deducted from his "settlement".

    January 22, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  293. LINDA

    I do not see or appreciate his attempt at "humor" . Seems more like a wee kindergarden child having a tanturm . He should be made to pay EVERYONE for even glancing at his stupidity and for being subjected to mindless torture

    January 22, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
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