The network, which recently announced a deal to pay host Conan O’Brien upwards of $40 million to leave the Tonight Show, said in a written statement that “We feel that this agreement will resolve all remaining issues in an amicable manner between us and Mr. Lumpkin.”
The deal does not come without strings, however. Under its terms, says a source familiar with the negotiations, Lumpkin is not allowed to work for a year, and is not permitted to criticize NBC in public.
Said Lumpkin, “Criticize them? I LOVE those guys!”
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