Conan O’Brien has announced that he will be ending his TBS talk show on June 24, 2021. In a segment on Monday night’s episode of Conan, the host explained that he will be bringing his show, which has aired four nights a week for the past 11 years, to an end.
The plan, he said, “is to reemerge on HBO Max sometime in the near future” with the “fourth iteration” of an O’Brien-led variety show. (The first three being Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, both airing on NBC, and the current version of Conan on TBS.)
O’Brien explained the reason for the transition to a new network first by praising TBS, the network that gave him a job after he bitterly parted ways with NBC after they fired him from his position as host of The Tonight Show in 2010 after just seven months on the desk.
“I just want to point out that for eleven years, the people at Turner have been absolutely lovely to me and to everyone here at the staff. They gave me a home when I needed one most and I am eternally grateful and very proud of what we’ve accomplished here.” O’Brien added that for the final two months of the show, he plans to feature special guests and retrospectives of some of his favorite moments and memories from his time at TBS.
As for why he’s moving on, Conan has a simple explanation. “A very old Buddhist monk once told me that to pick something up, you must first put something down. I’ll be honest with you, he was drunk out of his skull, and very belligerent,” he said. When it was first announced back in November 2020 that O’Brien was moving to HBO Max, there was speculation that it would be to change the show to a weekly format, though that has not yet been confirmed.
O’Brien will still have a home at TBS even after the move, however, as he is still planning to produce and appear in new episodes of his Conan Without Borders series for the network. You can already find Conan on HBO Max, as past full seasons of Conan Without Borders are available to stream there.
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