Conan gets $30 million to go away

That's the negotiated settlement amount The Wrap has heard from sources. How much filters down to the only victims in the whole episode — the O'Brien employees who moved from New York and the local crews at Universal City — remains unclear.

My KCRW segment this afternoon at 4:44 p.m. talks about the drama, comedy and lack of genius all on display in the great American late night TV crisis of 2010. Airs at 4:44 on KCRW and is available now at

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