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Memo to Conan O’Brien: Watch your mouth at the Emmys.
If O’Brien wins Sunday in the outstanding variety, music or comedy series category for his aborted “Tonight Show” — a distinct possibility, given the strong Hollywood and populist sentiment behind him in his public separation from NBC — the host is legally prohibited from saying whatever he wants about his former bosses during an acceptance speech.
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.
Those limitations end Sept 1, but the Emmys, which air on NBC, take place three days before the deadline. The event marks one of the first times that O’Brien and his former bosses will be together in the same room. A win for “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” and an O’Brien acceptance speech would present a rare moment of drama at the Emmys.
So what can Conan say? More than you might think. FIND OUT HERE.
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