New York Times article Excellent read if you're a fan of late night. Leno's contract was renewed till 2009 for $27M/year (still less than Letterman's salary) leaving Conan stuck at his 12:30 time slot. When Conan's own contract runs out he'll be 47, about the same age Letterman was when he left NBC. I could see why he would want 11:30, especially since he was offered $25M/yr from Fox a couple years back. To be honest it's hard to imagine Conan coming on earlier than he already is. I wouldn't want them to clean anything up, such as the masturbating bear, but all the resources the big guys have at that time are immense. It's hard to say, but Conan deserves better than what NBC is offering him (the show's budget is so cheap, the musical guests are blah, and wish he had a better interview linep). I think a move to Fox would be a good one when the time is right.