Conan O'Brien's days at NBC are numbered, that much appears likely. His bombshell letter to the world Tuesday argued that 'The Tonight Show' belongs at 11:35 p.m. and not a minute later. To him, the 'Tonight' franchise would be destroyed if it is moved to 12:05 a.m., as the network proposed in order to accommodate for Jay Leno's return. In other words, move the show and I'm out. In other other words, Conan is toast, and he stands to lose bank.

NBC said Tuesday that the proposed shuffling would not be a breach of O'Brien's contract, because: A) They promised to keep him on as the show's host regardless of ratings, and B) His deal does not include language that guarantees an 11:35 p.m. start. To that, O'Brien says contract shmontract. "The 'Tonight Show' at 12:05 simply isn't the 'Tonight Show,'" he wrote in his manifesto.

O'Brien makes between $10 million to $20 million a year and is owed about two and a half years on his contract. He is reportedly working with NBC execs to hammer out a financial settlement and clear exit strategy. If things get bumpy, the host could stand to lose a huge chunk of money in the divorce.