A very interesting and possibly very awesome thing might happen this Sunday at the Emmys. For those of you that don’t know, the short-lived but excellent Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien is nominated in the “Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series” category. This is especially great and dramatic given that O’Brien walked away from the talk show franchise and NBC earlier this year after the network tried to push The Tonight Show to 12:05 a.m. in order to accommodate Jay Leno’s failure of a show at 11:35 p.m. O’Brien was able to walk away with a $45 million deal, which also came with a “non-disparagement” clause between him and NBC that doesn’t expire until September 1st. This has led a lot of Team Coco members to wonder about what just might happen this Sunday if O’Brien and his staff of writers end up winning, since the awards show is broadcast by NBC.
Hit the jump to find out the details on what O’Brien can and can’t say this Sunday, along with my thoughts on why nothing too dramatic will happen.
Since the Emmys are going to take place three days before O’Brien’s settlement with NBC expires, O’Brien is must still follow the rules that were set up when he first signed the deal. However, it seems that O’Brien will still be able to get away with a lot if he wants to.
According to THR and a Hollywood attorney they spoke to, he can “make fun of NBC’s ratings, its shows, as long as he’s not saying anything false.” I’m sure that O’Brien would still be able to get in a lot of good jokes and jabs with these restrictions, but I highly doubt that he will. I think that Conan is far too classy to begin slamming NBC during his acceptance speech. And if he does decide to “go there,” I’m sure that he will just make some trademark self-deprecating comments and jokes about himself. Secondly, as much as I would love to see O’Brien win this Sunday, I feel that fellow nominee The Daily Show will take home the award for the eighth consecutive year in a row.
Conan’s currently untitled TBS talk show is still scheduled to premiere on Novemeber 8th. If you want to see Conan talk about the fallout between NBC and himself, you check out the interview he did with 60 Minutes back in May.