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Conan O’Brien ends 28-year late night run with emotional monologue


Conan O’Brien ends 28-year late night run with emotional monologue: ‘I always thought it was the job I was born to do’

  • O’Brien began stint with Late Night With Conan O’Brien from 1993 thru 2009 
  • He was at helm of The Tonight Show for an eight-month stint between 2009-10  
  • O’Brien is slated to host a weekly HBO Max show set to hit the air in 2022 

Conan O’Brien marked the end of an era on Thursday with his final show on TBS, wrapping up an extended stint on late night that spanned 28 years.

‘It’s hard to believe, it’s hard to say, it’s our final show on TBS,’ O’Brien, 58, told the audience at Largo in Los Angeles, adding that was concluding a stint in which he had filmed more than 4,000 hours of TV.

‘Every night, I always said, “Tonight we have a really great show” and I have to tell you I was often lying,’ he said. ‘But tonight we really do have a great show! And if we don’t, what are you going to do about it? I’ll be long gone.’

New chapter: Conan O’Brien, 58, marked the end of an era on Thursday with his final show on TBS, wrapping up an extended stint on late night that spanned 28 years 

O’Brien expressed his thankfulness to his fans and coworkers as he wrapped up his stint on TBS.

‘I am so grateful to all of my staff and to the fans in this country and around the world who have joined me in this really crazy and seemingly pointless pursuit to do things that are kind of stupid but have something smart in there somewhere and there’s a little tiny flicker of what is kind of magic,’ he said. 

O’Brien continued: ‘My advice to anyone watching right now is it is not easy to do but try and do what you love with people you love and if you can manage that, it’s the definition of heaven on earth.’

In expressing his devotion toward his craft, he said he’d pursued ‘this strange phantom intersection between smart and stupid.

Heartfelt: O'Brien expressed his thankfulness to his fans and coworkers as he wrapped up his stint on TBS

Heartfelt: O’Brien expressed his thankfulness to his fans and coworkers as he wrapped up his stint on TBS

Stalwart: Conan noted he'd 'filmed more than 4,000 hours of TV' in late night

Stalwart: Conan noted he’d ‘filmed more than 4,000 hours of TV’ in late night 

‘There’s a lot of people that believe the two cannot coexist. But God I will tell you that it is something that I believe religiously, when smart and stupid come together it’s very difficult, but if you could make it happen, I think it’s the most beautiful thing in the world.’

In the episode, O’Brien played a montage of clips featuring guests who had appeared on his show, a group that included Tom Hanks, Betty White, Harrison Ford, Ryan Reynolds and others.

‘I honestly love hosting a late-night talk show,’ O’Brien said. ‘I always thought it was the job I was born to do. But every so often I like to try my hand at another career.’

Jack Black was at the venue Largo in Los Angeles, where the finale was taped at

Jack Black was at the venue Largo in Los Angeles, where the finale was taped at 

In expressing his devotion toward his craft, he said he'd pursued 'this strange phantom intersection between smart and stupid'

In expressing his devotion toward his craft, he said he’d pursued ‘this strange phantom intersection between smart and stupid’

The final show also featured an opening animated segment in which he interviewed Homer Simpson, a nod to his time as a writer on the Fox series

The final show also featured an opening animated segment in which he interviewed Homer Simpson, a nod to his time as a writer on the Fox series 

Jack Black was at the venue and Will Ferrell appeared via Zoom on the finale, while A-listers like Gal Gadot and Chris Pratt send kind words via social media.

The final show also featured an opening animated segment in which he interviewed Homer Simpson, a nod to his time as a writer on the Fox series.

‘I started working with them 31 years ago,’ O’Brien said of the sketch. ‘After all these years, to be in a recording session with Al Jean, James L. Brooks and Matt Groening … that gave me goosebumps.’

O’Brien began his late night stint with Late Night With Conan O’Brien from 1993 thru 2009, and was at the helm of The Tonight Show for an eight-month stint between 2009-10.

O’Brien is signed to host a weekly HBO Max show set to hit the air next year.

A-listers including Gal Gadot and Chris Pratt took to social media to send Conan their best amid the career milestone

A-listers including Gal Gadot and Chris Pratt took to social media to send Conan their best amid the career milestone 

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