- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 12, 2010

LOS ANGELES — 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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