Conan's settlement with NBC could be worth $30 to $40 million
Negotiations should be completed Saturday, but according to the NY Times, Conan "is expected to get a settlement that will pay him more than $30 million. In addition, under the terms now on the table, he would win the right to start a new show at some other network, probably as early as September." The Wall Street Journal, meanwhile, reports that "estimates of the financial settlement ranged anywhere between $25 million and $35 million. One person familiar with the situation said the total package could be closer to $40 million, although that figure was disputed by others." A source tells Nikki Finke, "Zucker's NBC spin puts it at $25 million. But it's a lot closer to $40 million than $25 million. And Conan was adamant that NBC take care of the people close to him — (executive producer) Jeff Ross and the staff who moved out to Los Angeles."
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