Conan O'Brien is getting one more shot to perform on NBC.
The lanky, red-haired comedian was nominated for an Emmy Award for his seven-month stint as host of NBC's "The Tonight Show." If he shows up and wins, it has the potential to be an incredibly awkward televised moment, as O'Brien could tell his former employers exactly what he thinks about them on his old network, which is airing the show.
The nomination in the variety, music or comedy series category is the latest twist in the late-night fiasco at NBC. He quit as host of "The Tonight Show" after NBC decided to restore Jay Leno to late night and put him in O'Brien's 11:35 p.m. time slot. Rather than move "The Tonight Show" to 12:05 a.m., O'Brien resigned and subsequently struck a deal with TBS for a late-night show that will start in November.
Overall, the show picked up four nominations including one for writing. Meanwhile, Jay Leno's version of "The Tonight Show" was not nominated. That's nothing new for Leno's show, which has never been a favorite of academy voters. His one win for variety, music or comedy series was in 1995.