Flush From NBC Payday, Conan Lists CPW Penthouse
"Sorry if I'm a little late," Conan O'Brien told his audience in the midst of the late night shakeup last month. "I had a job interview at Lady Foot Locker."
Hardly. Last month, the former "Tonight Show" host walked away with a reported $32.5 million payout from NBC (not to mention an additional $12 million he negotiated for his staff). And this week, the New York Post
reported that O'Brien's Central Park West Manhattan penthouse is for sale for $35 million. (Needless to say, Lady Foot Locker may have to wait).
Does the cow-licked comedian plan to leave New York? Or is he just cashing in on the penthouse he and wife Liza purchased in 2007 for $10 million? O'Brien's duplex is located in the historic twin-towered Majestic
which faces Central Park. Constructed in 1931, the 29-story Art Deco building contains 238 apartments
. Some of its famous residents have included columnist Walter Winchell and members of the Luciano crime family (noted mobster Frank Costello was said to have a 17 room spread). In fact, many of the original apartments
had fireplaces, large foyers and black walnut floors. Current residents have a playroom, private garden and solarium at their disposal.
O'Brien and his wife already owned a 17th floor apartment and ended up combining both apartments. The sprawling co-op faces the south, has three terraces and stellar Central Park views. The famed Dakota where Yoko Ono and Carly Simon reside is right across the street.
The talk show star is flush with offers (Fox is said to be a major contender), but under terms of his separation from NBC, he must wait until September 1st to pursue opportunities from other networks. While he mulls things over, he still has his $10.75 million 6-bedroom, 8.5-bath Brentwood manse, which he purchased in 2008 before his "Tonight Show" tenure.