The host will end his nightly show at the end of June, but will continue his relationship with WarnerMedia through the weekly series HBO Max.
The longest-running host has set a release date late at night.
Conan O’Brien will end his nightly TBS broadcast on June 24, the cable operator said Monday night. This will lead to the end of the host’s 28-year tenure as host late at night, extending until 1993, when he took over NBC Late show by David Letterman.
TBS’s parent company, WarnerMedia, said in November 2020 that Conan will end this summer. At the time, O’Brien signed a deal with the company to host and produce a weekly show for HBO Max and continue to do so. Conan without borders travel promotions for TBS.
The last weeks of Conan will include a set of special guests and a one-hour final on June 24 that will include a look back at his 1
“We’re ending our TBS show,” O’Brien said early Monday Conan. “The plan is to reappear on HBO Max sometime in the near future, and I think this will be my fourth iteration of the program. Imagine a cooking show with dolls and you’ll have the wrong idea.”
He added that “for 11 years the people of Turner have been very wonderful to me” and that he hopes to make a “fun look back” during his time on TBS in the last weeks of the show. (See full message below.)
“Twenty-eight years is a monumental achievement in late night television,” said Brett Weitz, general manager of TNT, TBS and TruTV, in November, announcing the upcoming end of the show. “We are incredibly proud of the innovative work that Conan and his team have done over the 10 years at TBS, and we are so pleased that we will continue to be on the air with Conan without borders promotions. We celebrate his success and look forward to seeing him grow in our WarnerMedia family. “
O’Brien hosted Late night from January 1993 to February 2009, after which it (briefly) hosted the The Tonight Show from June 2009 to January 2010. In an attempt to maintain the former Tonight hosted by Jay Leno, NBC gave him a night show in prime time, starting in the fall of 2009. Neither it nor the O’Brien Tonight show performed well in the rankings. After the idea of Leno coming back late at night and crashing, it first surfaced The Tonight Show by 12:05 p.m., NBC settled with O’Brien and he left the net after his final Tonight on January 22, 2010, Leno renewed his previous post before handing over the show to Jimmy Fallon in 2014.
O’Brien then embarked on a national tour before launching his TBS show in November 2010. The show ran from an hour to 2018, when O’Brien cut to 30 minutes a night amid speculation that he would leave TBS. He also played 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. Currently, details about the weekly series are few, but WarnerMedia says it will be a “deviation” from the current format of O’Brien’s talk show.