The host will end his nightly show in late June, but will continue his relationship with WarnerMedia via a weekly HBO Max series.
The longest-serving host late at night has set an exit date.
Conan O’Brien ends his nightly TBS show on June 24, the cable announced Monday night. It will end the host’s 28-year run as host at night and stretches back to 1993, when he took over NBC’s Sent show from David Letterman.
TBS’s parent company, WarnerMedia, said in November 2020 that Conan would end this summer. O’Brien signed a deal with the company at the time he hosts and produces a weekly black show for HBO Max and continues to make Conan without borders TBS travel deals.
The last weeks of Conan will feature a series of special guests and an hour-long finale on June 24 that includes a look back at his 1
“We’m running our TBS show,” O’Brien said early Monday Conan. “The plan is to reappear on HBO Max sometime in the near future with I think what will be my fourth iteration of the show. Imagine a cooking show with puppets and you get the wrong idea.”
He added that “people in Turner for 11 years have been absolutely lovely to me” and that he hopes to take a “fun look back” on his time on TBS in the last weeks of the show. (See the full announcement below.)
“Twenty-eight years is a monumental achievement in Senate television,” Brett Weitz, general manager of TNT, TBS and TruTV, said in November announcing the show’s upcoming finale. “We are incredibly proud of the groundbreaking work that Conan and his team have done over the ten years at TBS, and are so excited that we will continue to have his presence on the air with Conan without borders offer. We celebrate his success and are excited to see it grow throughout our WarnerMedia family. “
O’Brien had hosted Late night from January 1993 to February 2009, then (briefly) took over as host Tonight Show from June 2009-January 2010. In an attempt to hold earlier Tonight host Jay Leno in the fold, NBC gave him a nightly primetime show that started in the fall of 2009. Neither that nor O’Brien’s Tonight Show did well in ratings. After first hovering the idea of moving Leno back to late at night and bump Tonight Show to kl. 12.05 settled NBC with O’Brien and he left the network after his last Tonight Show on January 22, 2010. Leno resumed his previous position before sending 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 hour-long run through 2018, as O’Brien scaled back to 30 minutes a night amid speculation he would leave TBS . He also launched a podcast, Conan O’Brien needs a friend, in 2018.
After the end of Conan, O’Brien will focus on developing the weekly HBO Max show and other projects. Details of the weekly series are few at the moment, but WarnerMedia says it “will be a departure” from O’Brien’s current talk show format.