Conan’s Emmy Acceptance Speech: A Preview


If Conan O'Brien's cancelled Tonight Show should win the Emmy for outstanding variety, music or comedy series on Sunday night, what is he allowed to say in his acceptance speech, which will be broadcast on NBC? Even though his exit deal with the network prohibits him from making "disparaging" claims about his former employers until September 1, he's technically allowed to say anything provided it's not "false" or construable as "insulting or defamatory." Basically, says a lawyer contacted by The Hollywood Reporter, "he can make fun of NBC's ratings, its shows, as long as he's not saying anything false." Exciting! Still, it's too bad the Emmys weren't a week later so he could tell vicious lies. [Esq./HR]