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    >> competition turns out. nbc.com's pop culture columnist courtney hazlett has been reporting on all the late-night drama. good morning.

    >> good morning.

    >> let's talk about this $45 million deal. i understand part of it involved conan negotiating for his staff's severance as well.

    >> entirely. there are dozens and dozens of staffers who left new york city to move their families to los angeles . we're talking about husbands, wives, kids being put in new schools so that they could go to los angeles , and i am told that conan definitely wanted to make sure that his whole staff was not protected and not left on the large.

    >> like $32 million for him, $12 million for his staff, as i understand.

    >> and i'm told he's also paying some out of pocket as well. there are complicated financial arrangements when you start working with different unions and that sort of thing that would prevent them from getting the full package, and so, conan 's making sure that happens, too.

    >> in terms of his next move, as lee was reporting, that could happen as soon as september 1st .

    >> correct.

    >> what are some of the networks that are rumored to be in the running for him?

    >> well, fox definitely is in the running. we've been talking about this since the very beginning. the person who runs fox, a good friend of conan o'brien's. you're talking about a guy who's been --

    >> similar time slot ?

    >> i do believe you're going to see a similar time slot . that network has really been wanting a late-night competitor for quite some time. and i think what's important here is, before we go crying for conan -- i don't think many of us are when you hear numbers like that.

    >> not now, right.

    >> but he's been in show business for a long time. he's got friends in high places that are going to take care of him.

    >> why do you think he did not do well in the 11:30 time slot ? was that a result of the primetime thing with jay not working out and it kind of backfired on conan as well, or is it just conan didn't work out in that slot?

    >> i believe it to be a perfect storm sort of situation. i believe that jay was a factor.

    >> yeah.

    >> also believe that the move to los angeles might have had a greater impact than anybody really thought. when your publicist and you're booking your clients and you've got these late-night wars going on, which network do you go to, there's a lot of cache in sending your client out to battle it out between the competitors in late night in new york city as opposed to just making the rounds just in l.a. so, i think there's a lot of arguments to be made for the impact that move had. some people said he's lost his edge out will, too.

    >> the impact on jay remains to be seen. a lot of people have said -- as we see, there's a lot of team coco out there or team conan . how could this affect jay's ratings?

    >> i don't believe that jay suddenly going back to his old show is going to be that fascinating. when you look at the numbers and see the people who stopped watching, you didn't see all of them go to david letterman or people switched allegiances. they just stopped watching. so it's not just about getting viewers back from the competitor, it's getting people to watch television again.

    >> right.

    >> in the way they used to. but also those booking wars again and being able to get those guests back on. do you think those in hollywood are going to be lining up to get back on jay again?

    >> no. just to be perfectly frank . a number of actors i spoke to at the golden globes , this was a huge topic of conversation, were saying, you know what, i don't necessarily think i want to go on leno's show. i found that to be very interesting.

    >> wow.

    >> now when push comes to shove , when it comes time to promote a film or something like that, we'll see if that really happens. but the general feeling, when hollywood starts to turn against you, that's bad news. it's one thing to watch the tide of public opinion move one way or another.

    >> right.

    >> but when the people who actually know the person say, you know what, i'm on conan 's team, you have to pay attention.

    >> such a shame and so many hurdles still ahead.

    >> indeed.

    >> courtney hazlett, thanks so much.

By The Scoop
updated 1/20/2010 10:29:46 PM ET 2010-01-21T03:29:46

While the world waits with bated breath for a Conan O’Brien deal to be announced , staffers behind the scenes at “The Tonight Show” remain in the dark about details, but are operating as if Friday is their last day.

“We went into last weekend not knowing what is going on, and we still don’t know what’s going on,” said one. “We moved our families and kids out here (to Los Angeles from New York), and aren’t at the level where we feel confident that we’ll be taken care of. We figure this week is our last week. I’m calling my friends in New York to see (what job opportunities are) there if I move back.”

NBC is not revealing O’Brien’s end date on “The Tonight Show” and has maintained that an empty guest schedule for the week of Jan. 25 was part of a planned hiatus. Another source said there’s more to it than that.

“There are no bookings after this Friday, and there are no bookings being made for when the show returns from the ‘hiatus,’ ” said the late-night television source. “In our circles, it’s understood that the show ends on Friday.”

Last week, there were bookings in place through Thursday. At the last minute, additional bookings were made. They include Martin Scorsese (he joined Colin Firth on Monday) Quentin Tarantino (who joined Paul Bettany and Spoon on Tuesday), Adam Sandler and Joel McHale (who joined Joss Stone Wednesday), and Robin Williams (who joins Barry Manilow Thursday).

The final guests planned for Friday, and perhaps O'Brien's last "Tonight" guests ever, will be Tom Hanks and Will Ferrell. Ferrell was on O’Brien’s first “Tonight Show” in Los Angeles.

Brangelina’s no-show inspired Aniston’s Globe appearance
Between Jennifer Aniston’s alleged make-out session with Gerard Butler and the dress that showed off her legs, the actress made a big splash at Sunday’s Golden Globes — and perhaps we have Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to thank for that.

That’s according to Life & Style. The magazine reports that Aniston found inspiration when she discovered that Pitt (whose film “Inglourious Basterds” received four nominations) and Jolie weren’t going to attend.

“Jennifer decided to go for black and sexy for the awards only when she discovered that Angelina wasn’t attending,” an insider told the magazine. “An earlier choice had been a white asymmetrical Stella McCartney, since she didn’t want to go head-to-head with Angelina and her trademark black.”

Slideshow: Celebrity Sightings

Aniston's most recent splurge was on Jan. 14, just three days before she poured her curves into a Valentino gown. Jen and five friends met at the Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles, where they indulged in $30 flutes of Veuve Clicquot champagne, small plates and then a meal.

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“Jen joked that she didn’t want to look like a blimp on Sunday,” an eyewitness told Life & Style. “But they drank a considerable amount of wine. She didn’t seem like a star worried about a big award ceremony.”

Aniston’s attention to detail — specifically, efforts to not resemble Jolie — extend to her eating habits. She’s enjoying her carbs now, says the mag, and at the Globes, “Jennifer was happy to emphasize her curves in direct contrast to Angie’s skeletal look,” said the insider.

Jessica Simpson a threat to Christian Louboutin?
Jessica Simpson isn’t going to appear in any photos sporting Christian Louboutin shoes any time soon: Us Weekly says that the designer wouldn’t send shoes to an upcoming photo shoot with Simpson. “They worried she would knock them off,” said the magazine.

Explains a Louboutin rep, “When Jessica began her own shoe line, two-thirds of them seemed like knockoffs. We haven’t worked with her for a long time. But it’s not personal.”

Courtney Hazlett delivers the Scoop Monday through Friday on msnbc.com. Follow Scoop on Twitter @courtneyatmsnbc.

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