Conan O’Brien says he’s considering an offer to go behind another kind of camera should things not work out with NBC.
After saying on his Monday show that he’d like “work in a classier business with better people, like hard-core porn,” the "Tonight Show" host said Thursday that at least one adult film company had offered him a job.
“This is absolutely true — I received a letter from the adult film company ‘Pink Visual’ offering me a role in one of their porno movies,” O’Brien said in a monologue. “In the movie I’d be having sex with a beautiful woman and just as we’re about to climax, I get replaced by Jay Leno.
"I am considering it," he added. "I gotta work."
O’Brien has mined his job situation for laughs since releasing a statement Tuesday opposing NBC’s plan to move “Tonight” to 12:05 a.m. to make way for Leno, whose show would move from 10 p.m. to 11:35 p.m. following the Winter Olympics.
The shakeup would end the network's controversial effort to fill the prime time slot and local news lead-in with Leno.
All week O’Brien and Leno have set their sights on NBC, venting frustration on their shows with the way the network has handled the challenge.
“I’m Conan O’Brien, NBC’s employee of the month,” O’Brien said Thursday.
He downplayed his differences with NBC as a “lover’s quarrel,” but then got in a few more jabs at his employer.
“There’s a rumor that NBC is so upset with me, they want to keep me off the air for three years,” O'Brien said. “My response to that is, if NBC doesn’t want people to see me, just leave me on NBC.”
NBC has not commented since O'Brien's announcement, but the network denied reports Thursday that they'd struck a deal to return Leno to the helm of "The Tonight Show."
NBC did announce Thursday that dramas “Parenthood,” “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: Special Victim Units” would fill three slots currently occupied by “The Jay Leno Show” following NBC’s coverage of the Olympics, which ends Feb. 28. A new comedy produced by Jerry Seinfeld and “Dateline NBC” would fill Leno’s remaining two slots.
Meanwhile, Leno and O’Brien continued taking a few swipes at each other on their shows for a second consecutive night.
"In other TV news, Sarah Palin has signed with Fox News to be a correspondent," Leno said in his Thursday monologue. "Fox says, if she does a good job, they'll sign her to a long-term contract. And if it doesn't work out, they'll just blame Leno.
"With the all the controversy going on here at NBC, actually, 'The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien’s' ratings have gone up,” Leno added. “They've gone up. So you're welcome!”
Later, O’Brien returned fire, saying: “No matter what happens, it’s been a real honor to sit in the same chair as Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, and Jay Leno.”