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Conan Paying Crew Severance Out Of Pocket: TMZ

Huffington Post   Danny Shea First Posted: 04/04/10 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 04:25 PM ET

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Conan O'Brien's exit deal dragged out over days, reportedly because the former "Tonight Show" host was negotiating with NBC for staff and crew severance pay-outs.

According to TMZ, though, the NBC deal didn't go far enough and now Conan is paying for staff severance out of his own pocket.

TMZ reports that Conan's "Tonight Show" stagehands were not covered in his exit package, so he has promised to pay the nearly 50-person crew "at least six weeks severance out of his own pocket."

The crew union is "very happy" with Conan's handling of the situation, TMZ reports.

Conan received a $45 million package to leave the network.

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