Occupation: Unemployed talk-show host
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For the most influential man without a job in showbiz, getting canned may have been a strange sort of promotion. Being booted from The Tonight Show for Jay Leno was a disappointment, but it also turned O'Brien into a kind of TV rebel hero, inspiring protests from Team Coco, launching a nationwide stage show and possibly parlaying his new status into launching a rival talk show for a new network.
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