LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Sources claim the U.S. TV network NBC violated its agreement with comedian Conan O'Brien by moving his late-night talk show's start time.
TMZ.com reported Sunday that unidentified sources insist O'Brien now has three options as to how to respond to NBC's decision to return comedian Jay Leno to a late-night position after an unsuccessful stint in prime time.
The sources said O'Brien, 46, could leave "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien," forcing NBC to pay him as much as $20 million a year for the next four years as part of a prior agreement.
Another alternative would see O'Brien taking his comedic skills to rival networks like ABC or Fox, the source said.
If O'Brien does make a network shift, NBC reportedly would only have to pay the comedian if his new contract contains a lower annual salary than his current agreement.
The sources told TMZ.com the final option is for the late-night star to simply accept a later time slot with NBC, allowing the "Jay Leno Show" to assume the better late-night position.