Conan O’Brien has spent the last 11 years at TBS, and that show is officially ending on June 24, he announced with longtime sidekick Andy Richter.
O’Brien, who wrote some of the most legendary Simpsons episodes in that show’s golden age, has had a roller coaster career since taking over for David Letterman in 1993. Via Hollywood Reporter:
O’Brien was the host of Late Night from January 1993 to February 2009, then (briefly) took over as host of The Tonight Show from June 2009 until January 2010. In an effort to keep previous Tonight host Jay Leno in the fold, NBC gave the veteran a nightly primetime show starting in fall 2009. Neither it nor O’Brien’s Tonight Show performed well in the ratings. After initially floating the idea of moving Leno back to late night and bumping The Tonight Show to 12:05 a.m., NBC settled with O’Brien and he departed the network after his final Tonight Show on Jan. 22, 2010. Leno resumed his former post before passing the show to Jimmy Fallon in 2014.
O’Brien then went on a nationwide tour before launching his TBS show in November 2010. The show had an hourlong runtime through 2018, when O’Brien scaled back to 30 minutes a night amid speculation that he would depart TBS.
He says the final episodes will look back at the past 11 years and include some surprises. The good news for fans is that he will be prepping a new show at HBO Max that does not have an official premiere date yet.
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