Conan O'Brien gets 'Idol' offer, still talking with FOX

conan-obrien-320.jpgConan O'Brien won't be part of the biggest reality show, but not because of any issues with FOX.

"American Idol" producer 19 Entertainment, separately from FOX, approached the comedian to participate in its "Idol Gives Back" special on Wednesday, April 21. Unfortunately, O'Brien won't be able to participate because his agreement with NBC keeps him from making TV appearances until May 1, says The Hollywood Reporter.

In the meantime, he's continuing to talk with FOX, although there's nothing solid on that front yet. If the two parties are able to work it out soon, the timing could be perfect for two reasons:

  • O'Brien's "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television" tour just happens to be performing every day in May -- except for May 17, which is the date of FOX's upfront presentation in New York.
  • During O'Brien's tour, he could easily meet with FOX affiliate stations on a mini meet-and-greet tour that includes the top nine TV markets.

Of course, this is all speculation at this point.

O'Brien kicks off his "Legally Prohibited" tour on April 12 in Eugene, Oregon and continues to explore Twitter. His latest tweet:

"As Bieber sleeps, I grow stronger. Sleep, Bieber. Sleep."

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