Canonization of Conan pooped on by Peacock
The canonization of Conan O'Brien continues.
Conan announced earlier this month he's doing a comedy tour that will take him to 30 cities - including Washington, D.C. on June 8 - not in order to keep his name in the news and give him more leverage as he negotiates to move his late night show to Fox, as you might think -- but for the sake of his unemployed staff.
Now comes word Conan wants raise money for needy people all around the world.
But heartless NBC will not let him.
Conan was invited to participate in the "Idol Gives Back" fundraising episode of Fox's singing competition, scheduled to air April 21 and for the benefit of the United Nation's Foundation Fund for Haiti, the Children's Health Fund, and other charitable groups.
Fox wants you to know -- lest you think this is part of a campaign to keep Conan's name in the news while they work out details of Conan's return to late night TV -- that the invitation was not extended by the network, but by "Idol" producers Freemantle Media and 19 Entertainment. And, of course, Freemantle/19 and Fox never talk.
A rep for the producers said he did not know whether the game plan was to have Conan simply appear on the show or -- (our theory) -- they'd hoped he could co-host, in much the same way Ellen DeGeneres co-hosted the first "Idol Gives Back" in 2007 from the Walt Disney Concern Hall in downtown Los Angeles while "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest oversaw the night from the "Idol" stage.
Sadly, we will never know; Conan's latest humanitarian effort has been thwarted by those meanie-beanies at NBC who nixed the request he be allowed to appear. Per terms of Conan's exit-contract with NBC - the one in which NBC agreed to pay him a reported $33 million for the remaining 2.5 years on his "The Tonight Show" contract -- Charity Conan cannot appear on TV until May.
Anyway, we're anxiously awaiting the "Idol Gives Back" broadcast, when show host Seabiscuit will, presumably, announce how much of that reported $33 million Coco is contributing to this year's charity fundraising effort; we assume NBC can't prevent Fox from mentioning his name on-air.
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