Conan O’Brien rejects moving ‘The Tonight Show’

January 12, 2010 – In The News
The Seattle Times

Conan O'Brien has refused to play along with NBC's plan to move "The Tonight Show" and return Jay Leno to late-night, abruptly derailing the network's effort to resolve its scheduling mess.

Jody Simon said it's very likely that O'Brien and NBC will reach some sort of settlement that might require him to refrain from working at another late-night show for a certain time. He expected O'Brien will not boycott his show, despite the expressed desire to quit.

"Until this is settled, I would be surprised if he said he wasn't going to show up for work," Simon said. "It would be unprofessional and would expose him to liability."

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