NBC Universal Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol lashed out at Conan O’Brien in The New York Times, saying the comedian himself is responsible for potentially losing his time slot, and now the comedian’s camp is striking back, reports Joe Adalian at The Wrap.
While officially no one in O’Brien’s camp is commenting, one insider told Adalian:
"This is the essence of NBC’s problems. Conan O’Brien is losing his job because he didn’t take the comedy notes of a 62-year-old sports producer."
When they aren’t slinging insults, Adalian writes, the two sides are continuing to hammer out severance packages for the staff of O’Brien’s show, who may be out of work for several months until the comedian is able to set up a new gig at another network.