Conan says "No" to NBC

LOS ANGELES, CA (WSFA) - "The Tonight Show's" host Conan O'Brien tells NBC "No" for moving his show past midnight to accommodate "The Jay Leno Show" shuffle back to the late night line-up.

O'Brien expressed his disappointment in having only seven months to build his audience and not receiving support from NBC's prime time schedule.

O'Brien made jokes about his dissatisfaction last night on the "The Tonight Show."

He said, "Welcome to NBC, where we're not just screwing up prime time!... I've been giving this situation a lot of thought. This is a true story...when I was a little boy, I remember watching 'The Tonight Show' with Johnny Carson and thinking...someday I'm going to host that show for seven months." (Laughter from the audience)

New York Times Bill Carter said, "He's hurt. He's angry. There's no question about that."

The reason for the late night line-up shuffle is poor ratings including "The Jay Leno Show" that damaged affiliate late night newscasts.

Carter says, "They tried it with Letterman and it didn't work. Now, they tried it with Conan and it didn't work. It's just a matter of mathematics."

A contract settlement with O'Brien could allow him to go to another network. Right now, no one knows what is going to happen next.

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