Me and My Nine Iron

January 19, 2010

Conan charges early termination fee

Filed under: On the 6 o'clock news — BJ @ 2:03 pm
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Conan O’Brien is reportedly close to signing a $40 million deal with NBC to leave “The Tonight Show,” where an agreement could come as early as Tuesday. The potential deal would bar O’Brien from “bad-mouthing” his former bosses at NBC and allow him to take another television job within one year.

I don’t understand NBC’s logic here. They make the scheduling changes because the ratings are bad, but then offer someone $40 million to leave? No wonder all of its employees openly tear it a new one.

Conan really earned his buyout by using each remaining night to rip his bosses, and frankly, where else can you do just that and not just get away with it, but be handed even more money? My guess is Conan will join Jimmy Kimmel over on ABC in the near future, maybe bump him back a slot. Check out last night’s clip of Conan posting himself on Craigslist.

Woman kept 37 cats in 1-bedroom apartment: A New York woman tried to care for them, but her pet population spiraled out of control. Her method of resolving the population mess: praying and hoping that the animals wouldn’t hump each other incessantly without spaying and neutering them.

Police conflict with 79-year-old man: In a case of “he said, he said,” the man claimed Garden Grove police pushed him to the ground while the police report states a police officer was punched and kicked twice in the groin during the October traffic stop. All this after the officer pulled him over for going 52 mph in a 35 mph zone. When the officer asked him to sign the citation, the man told the officer: “I don’t believe you – I am from Vietnam.”

As far as uncooperative responses go, this one’s a true original in my book. But wait.

He and his family have maintained that he was only trying to be cooperative and that officers may have misunderstood him because of his inability to communicate properly in English.

I think his previous response just about did him in in the “I don’t speak English” excuse. He knew damn well what the hell was going on.

He refused to sign the citation because, in Vietnam, signing a paper provided by the officer meant pleading guilty.

I’m assuming this guy had a U.S. driver’s license, which means he had to take a permit test and learn that what he thought was wrong. What a holey alibi. I have no doubt in my mind that Mr. Miyagi busted the officer’s chops. Literally.

BJ

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