This Is What Made Conan O'Brien Leave His Long-Running Late-Night Show
"I'm thrilled that I get to continue doing whatever it is I do," he said in a statement about his next move.
All good things must come to an end—and that includes your favorite shows. The latest isn't a cancellation, however. Conan O'Brien announced his late-night talk show, Conan, will end its 10-year run on TBS in June 2021. In a statement, the comedian announced that he is leaving late-night television, his home for nearly three decades, and moving to streaming instead. Read on to find out more about O'Brien's decision, and for other hosting news, find out Who Fans Want to Succeed Alex Trebek as Host of "Jeopardy!"
According to a statement released by WarnerMedia on Nov. 17, O'Brien has signed on for a new, weekly variety series on HBO Max and he is "thrilled." "In 1993, Johnny Carson gave me the best advice of my career: 'As soon as possible, get to a streaming platform,'" the comedian joked in his statement. "I'm thrilled that I get to continue doing whatever it is I do on HBO Max, and I look forward to a free subscription."
O'Brien will continue hosting Conan Without Borders travel specials for TBS, but his late-night talk show will end after its 10th season. "We’re incredibly proud of the groundbreaking work that Conan and his team have accomplished during the 10 years at TBS and are so glad that we will continue to have his presence on our air with the Conan Without Borders specials," Brett Weitz, general manager of TNT, TBS, and truTV, said in a statement. "We celebrate his success and are glad to see it grow across our WarnerMedia family."
As for his new series, Casey Bloys, chief content officer of HBO Max, said in a statement that O'Brien has a "unique brand of energetic, relatable, and at times, absurdist comedy" that he is looking forward to seeing on HBO Max. "We can’t wait to see what he and the rest of Team Coco will dream up for this brand-new variety format each week," Bloys said in a statement.
Next year will mark O'Brien's 28th year in late-night television overall, but he had gotten his start in TV well before that. For a look at what O'Brien did before Conan, read on, and for less beloved late-night hosts, check out This Is the Worst "SNL" Host of All Time, Cast Says.
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Saturday Night Live
O'Brien's first big break was being hired as a writer for Saturday Night Live (SNL) in 1988. O'Brien occasionally appeared on the show, too, like as a doorman in a sketch where Tom Hanks was inducted into SNL's "Five-Timers Club" for hosting for the fifth time. And for more on famous SNL alum, check out Adam Sandler Just Explained the Truth Behind His "SNL" Firing.
After three years at SNL, O'Brien left in 1991 and became a writer and producer for The Simpsons. He wrote some of the show's most memorable episodes, like "New Kid on the Block" and "Homer Goes to College." And for more roles you may not have known about, check out 30 Celebrities You Forgot Were in Horror Movies.
Late Night With Conan O'Brien
In 1993, O'Brien was tagged to replace David Letterman, who held NBC's Late Night spot from 1982 to 1993. O'Brien hosted Late Night With Conan O'Brien from 1993 to 2009. And for more celebrity news delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.
The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien
O'Brien left Late Night With Conan O'Brien in 2009 for a brief takeover of NBC's The Tonight Show. Unfortunately, the show went back to host Jay Leno in 2010 before O'Brien could really make his mark. He then moved to TBS to start Conan, where he's been for the last decade. And for more famous hosts, find out which 13 Celebrities You Forgot Had Their Own Talk Shows.