Conan O'Brien may not be allowed on TV until September, but his NBC non-compete clause doesn't rule out the stage.
The New York Post's Page Six reported Thursday that Conan is planning "a series of live theatrical shows."
The gossip column, which reported that Conan is "keen on moving to Fox," quoted an insider:
"There's nothing to stop him doing his show in front of an audience at venues like Radio City. It will build more buzz for him as he negotiates his next television contract. It will also keep Conan happy because he doesn't want to be out of the public consciousness for too long."
The New York Times confirmed the stage plan Thursday. Veteran late-night reporter Bill Carter confirmed with Conan's reps that the former "Tonight Show" host plans "what is being called 'a revue' starring Mr. O'Brien in theaters in major cities from California to New York, and perhaps parts further east and west-and maybe north."
Carter reports that the show will mix stage elements with elements from Conan's TV work and may include some of his "Tonight Show" staff, and that Conan's team has received "enormous interest from all over" for the stage show.
"The interest is enough that Conan could probably do stadiums, but he doesn't want to," a rep told Carter.