Jimmy Fallon pokes fun at Conan O'Brien, NBC

Emmy host's song takes a dig at late-night feud

Conan O'Brien didn't have to take a dig at NBC Sunday night. Jimmy Fallon did it for him.

After his "Glee" opening number, Fallon launched into a song about how NBC asked him to host the show.

"NBC asked me to host a late-night show, and I thought, 'What could go wrong?'" he joked as the cameras flashed to O'Brien, who smirked.

O'Brien is up for outstanding variety, music or comedy series for his short-lived "Tonight Show," and isn't allowed to skewer his former bosses during his acceptance speech, The Hollywood Reporter first revealed.

That's because O'Brien's settlement deal with the network contains strict rules against making "disparaging" comments about NBC or NBC Studios, Jay Leno and NBC executives Jeff Zucker, Dick Ebersol, Jeff Gaspin and Marc Graboff. The limitations end on Sept. 1.

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So what can Conan say?

We've learned that Conan's settlement deal defines disparaging comments as those that are "false" and would be viewed by a reasonable person to be "insulting or defamatory."

But, he can still have fun at the network's expense.

"He can still have a field day," says attorney Pierce O'Donnell, who has handled employment settlements in Hollywood cases but was not involved in the O'Brien deal. "He can make fun of NBC's ratings, its shows, as long as he's not saying anything false."
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