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Foxy Conan?

LOS ANGELES – Fox Broadcasting is inching closer to bringing Conan O’Brien back to late night.

Key Fox executives, including Rupert Murdoch, are on board with the plan and would like to finalize a deal in coming weeks so they can make a splash on May 17 when the network unveils its new fall line-up. Several significant issues remain and the Fox talks could fall apart, according to people close to the negotiations.

But people close to O’Brien are cautiously optimistic. More.

How excited are you about the possible return of Conan to TV?  Anyone plan to catch his  “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television Tour,” on  April 16 in Spokane?

Parting Question: Leno Vs. Conan

Conan O’Brien makes his debut as the host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” in Universal City, Calif., in June.

Sources connected to Conan O’Brien tell TMZ NBC honcho Jeff Zucker has been “nasty, arrogant and threatening” in negotiating Conan’s out. The Conan people are outraged, saying the blame for the Jay Leno/’ConanO’Brien/”Tonight Show” debacle falls squarely at Zucker’s doorstep.

An NBC spokesperson tells TMZ, as for claims Zucker has been nasty, arrogant and threatening, “There is absolutely no truth to that. It is easy to make false statements under the cloak of anonymity.”

We’re told Conan is so pissed off at NBC, he told the network he was leaving even though he still doesn’t have a place to go — at least not yet. Sources say Fox still has not made an offer.


Personally, I think Leno has had his shot and should back out gracefully. What say you? Leno or Conan?

Tues. fun video: Capt. Kirk recites Palin

For those who missed the Sarah Palin farewell speech, or are tired of hearing clips diced and sliced on 24-hour news, here’s a rendition of her ode to Alaska, recited by William Shatner Monday night on the Tonight Show.