Conan O’Brien Announces He’s Ending His Late Night Show After 28 Years On Air
Conan O’Brien’s bedtime just got a little earlier.
The late-night talk show host has announced he will be ending his run on “Conan” after almost three decades.
O’Brien got his start in 1993 when he took over “Late Night” on NBC from David Letterman. He held that position until 2009, when fellow comedian Jimmy Fallon began hosting the show. From there, O’Brien moved on to “The Tonight Show” for a few short months, starting his current gig on TBS in 2010. His namesake show will officially end with its 10th season in June of next year.
It’s been reported O’Brien has signed on for a weekly variety series on HBO Max. While specific details about the show have yet to be released, O’Brien says the move aligns well with advice he received early in his career.
“In 1993, Johnny Carson gave me the best advice of my career: ‘As soon as possible, get to a streaming platform,’” he joked in a statement released by WarnerMedia. “I’m thrilled that I get to continue doing whatever the hell it is I do on HBO Max, and I look forward to a free subscription.”
The setup of his current talk show has recently shifted, with TBS scaling back from hour-long episodes last year. “Conan” currently airs in half-hour segments, and is less structured than it has been in previous seasons. His travel specials, “Conan Without Borders”, will continue to air on the network.
“Twenty-eight years is a monumental achievement in late-night television,” Brett Weitz, General Manager for TNT, TBS, and truTV, stated. “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. We celebrate his success and are glad to see it grow across our WarnerMedia family.”
O’Brien will also continue his podcast, “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend”, which he has co-hosted with his assistant and his producer since 2018. With multiple projects on his plate, it certainly sounds like O’Brien will remain busy once his talk show goes off the air.
Casey Bloys, chief content officer for HBO and HBO Max, praised O’Brien for his “unique brand of energetic, relatable and at times absurdist comedy” on his nightly show. “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,” he said.
“Conan” will air Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. on TBS until June 2021.