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Fans line up as Conan O'Brien makes $45 million exit

Conan O'Brien tapes his last 'Tonight Show' Friday after settling on a $45 million severance package from NBC. But the surge in support – and ratings – for the red-headed comedian suggests that broadcast television is out of touch with public tastes in comedy, say media analysts.

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Cindy and Todd Weir of La Jolla, Calif., are hoping to witness a piece of TV history live.

On a two-day visit to the Los Angeles area, they are scoping out the corner of James Stewart Ave. and Lankershim Blvd., where crowds gather every morning to get free tickets to the “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien."

“This is Conan’s last show, and we wanna be there,” says Mr. Weir, as he tries to get a tip from the security guard on the best time to arrive to get a ticket for the taping of Mr. O’Brien’s final show Thursday.

Now that O’Brien’s highly public divorce from NBC is final – he will give “The Tonight Show” back to Jay Leno for a reported $45 million severance package – are there any lessons here for the future of comedy on television?


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