Conan Copies David Letterman; Pays Staff

Was Conan O'Brien afraid his staff would leave him for David Letterman? Maybe -- or he's just a good guy, like Dave. The talk show host has decided to pay the 80 people on his staff, now that the NBC checks have run out and the writers are still on strike. The network was paying the Late Night with Conan O'Brien non-writers through the end of the month, which is today, but nobody is going to starve, as Conan will be picking up the tab for the foreseeable future. This comes just a few weeks after David Letterman promised it would be a merry Christmas for his peeps, offering to pay their salaries at least through the end of the year. Those late night guys -- what sweeties.

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