Conan O’Brien took his place on The Tonight Show stage for last time tonight (January 22). In his words, “a decade too early.”
Conan could have made the hour- long show into a bitter end for all. But he didn’t. Conan took the high road, and I think that will make us miss him that much more.
Conan graciously thanked NBC, in which he called his home for the last twenty years. “The terms of my settlement say that I can’t host another show for seven months,” O’Brien said. “So next week, look forward to the Andy Richter Show with his sidekick, me!”
Although a sad lingering feeling was apparent. There were laughs from time to time.
Conan offered up a few suggestions as to how NBC can put the $50 million studio it built for him just a year ago to good use, including:
• Site of Tiger Woods’ 1st Annual Mistress Reunion
• Waterpark for Max Weinberg’s illegitimate children
• Hair and chest oil storage for the Jersey Shore cast
• Leave the studio cold and empty and re-name it the “World’s Largest Metaphor For NBC Programming”
The line-up for this evenings show was Tom Hanks (who first penned Conan as Coco seven months ago), Neil Young, and a closing song of “Free Bird” sung by Will Ferrell with Conan jamming out on the guitar!
“As I set off for exciting new career opportunities, I just want to make one thing clear to everyone listening out there: I will do nudity,” he said during his final monologue.
“Yes, we have our differences right now and yes, we’re going to go our separate ways,” O’Brien said, with his voice slightly cracking. “But this company has been my home for most of my adult life. I am enormously proud of the work we have done together, and I want to thank NBC for making it all possible.”
It was hard to fight back teary eyes when Conan showed a picture of his staff and continued to expound on what hosting the Tonight Show meant to him.
“Making this choice has been enormously difficult. This is the best job in the world, I absolutely love doing it, and I have the best staff and crew in the history of the medium. But despite this sense of loss, I really feel this should be a happy moment. Every comedian dreams of hosting the Tonight Show and, for seven months, I got to. I did it my way, with people I love, and I do not regret a second. I’ve had more good fortune than anyone I know and if our next gig is doing a show in a 7-11 parking lot, we’ll find a way to make it fun.”
And as we previously reported, Oprah Winfrey will be interviewing Jay Leno for her Thursday show, and she has extended an offer for O’Brien to participate as well. However, Conan has not made it known if he has accepted.
From your fans- we will miss you Coco!