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Conan O'Brien, Late Night with Conan O'Brien

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Conan O'Brien is not quite yet the fantastic Mr. Fox.

The former Tonight Show host and a certain network may be talking, but, so far, it's more of a flirtation than a relationship.

"Sure there have been some conversations," News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch said during a quarterly earnings call on Tuesday, per The Hollywood Reporter. But, he claimed, "no real negotiations" have taken place.

But is the network ready to jump into the late-night talking game?

Murdoch claims there are "different opinions" on the issue at the network but claims if the programming people can show that such a venture would "make a profit, we would do it in a flash."

Timing may also be an issue. Fox affiliates find their syndicated programming from 11-11:30 p.m. profitable and negotiating a start-time for Team CoCo may be easier said than done.

Per the terms of his NBC severence, O'Brien will be allowed to launch a new show in September.

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