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NBC keeps custody of Triumph, the insult dog

When Conan O’Brien left NBC Friday night, he may have been $32.5 million richer. But he had to leave his dog behind.

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, like all the other characters showcased during O’Brien’s tenure, will remain the property of those at his former network. has put together a nice retrospective on the not very nice dog — featuring some of Triumph’s best known assaults on popular culture and the pompous, including this one from a visit to a Beverly Hills doggie spa.

The plastic pup (pet), created by comedy writer Robert Smigel, debuted on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” in 1997 and continued with the puppet’s “Tonight Show” appearances.


Comment from Sam
Time January 26, 2010 at 9:26 am

I’m not sure NBC do retain the rights to Triumph. I’m pretty sure Robert Smigel owns them.

Comment from Justa Notherguy
Time January 26, 2010 at 10:30 pm

For anybody who is too young to recall – or, perhaps, just wasn’t
interested in late night TV, back then – it might help to get some
background on this whole Leno vs Letterman feud. Here’s the full
story of how Jay Leno acquired ‘The Tonight Show’ hosting gig from
Johnny Carson, in 1993.
. (complete article – NY Times; 1994)

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