“I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it. My staff and I have worked unbelievably hard and we are very proud of our contribution to the legacy of The Tonight Show. But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction.
“There has been speculation about my going to another network but, to set the record straight, I currently have no other offer and honestly have no idea what happens next. My hope is that NBC and I can resolve this quickly so that my staff, crew, and I can do a show we can be proud of, for a company that values our work.
“Have a great day and, for the record, I am truly sorry about my hair; it’s always been that way.” — a statement from Conan O’Brien, posted by N.Y. Times reporter Bill Carter today at 3:10 pm.
No offer from anyone else? From Fox, for instance? What Conan means, I suspect, is that no formal offer has been delivered to his agent.