Conan O'Brien says no thanks to NBC move

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Conan O'Brien says he's rejecting NBC's attempt to move ``The Tonight Show'' to a post-midnight slot to accommodate Jay Leno's return to late-night.

In a statement Tuesday, O'Brien says that NBC has given him a scant seven months to try to establish himself as host of ``Tonight.''

NBC wants to move ``The Jay Leno Show'' out of prime-time and to the 11:35 p.m. EST daily slot, bumping ``Tonight'' to 12:05 p.m. EST.

O'Brien said he hoped he and NBC could resolve the issue quickly so he could do a show of which he and his crew could be proud - ``for a company that values our work'' - raising the possibility he might go to another network. But he said he has no such offer.

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