Conan O'Brien Signs Off Late Night After 28 Years

Conan O'Brien Signs Off Late Night After 28 Years

Conan O'Brien Signs Off Late Night After 28 Years

The longest-tenured host in late night aired his last show Thursday night.

The longest-tenured host in late night aired his last show Thursday night.

Text: Samantha Vogel

After nearly three decades on air, and 4,368 episodes, Late Night talk show host Conan O'Brien bids farewell to his time on screen.

O'Brien's history of comedy and television has been a journey. Prior to hosting his own late night show, O'Brien was a writer for "Saturday Night Live" and "The Simpsons" before being asked to take over for David Letterman's as host of Late Night. Following his time on NBC, O'Brien relocated to Los Angeles where he briefly hosted The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. O'Brien then went on to host his own show, "Conan"on TBS, from 2010 to June 24, 2021.

O'Brien's career as an American TV personality extended beyond late night comedy in his series “Conan Without Borders.” In 2015, O'Brien became the first American Television personality to film in Cuba in more than 50 years; the visit to Cuba prompted a series of global trips, including a visit to the demilitarized zone of North Korea with actor Steven Yeun.

In November 2020, O'Brien announced "Conan" would end in June 2021. The final show aired on Thursday June 24, 2021 where he announced he would move on to a weekly variety show streaming on HBO Max.

In the final live show, O'Brien hosted skits with special guests such as Homer Simpson, from "The Simpsons", and Jack Black, highlighting his career in comedy and television.

"I have devoted all of my adult life to pursuing this strange, phantom intersection between smart and stupid," O'Brien said in his farewell. "There's a lot of people that believe that the two cannot co-exist, but I think if you can make it happen, I think it's the most beautiful thing in the world."

The end of "Conan" is still just the beginning for O'Brien as his career takes a different path.

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