After 28 years of hosting late-night TV, Conan O’Brien is moving on as he is headed to take on a new HBO Max series.
In a statement, Conan explained, “In 1993 Johnny Carson gave me the best advice of my career: ‘As soon as possible, get to a streaming platform.’ I’m thrilled that I get to continue doing whatever the hell it is I do on HBO Max, and I look forward to a free subscription.”
O’Brien has been hosting late-night shows since 1993 after taking on Late Night from David Letterman for 16 years before moving on to The Tonight Show for a few months. Then, in 2010, he hosted his own late-night show, Conan on TBS, which he’s been hosting for the last ten years. The finale of his show will happen in June 2021.
General Manager for TNT, TBS, and truTV Brett Weitz said of the departure in a statement, “Twenty-eight years is a monumental achievement in late-night television. We’re incredibly proud of the groundbreaking work that Conan and his team have accomplished during the 10 years at TBS and are so glad that we will continue to have his presence on our air with the Conan Without Borders specials. We celebrate his success and are glad to see it grow across our WarnerMedia family.”
Conan’s HBO Max show will be a weekly variety show, but no other details or premiere date has been revealed yet. HBO/HBO Max Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys explained in a statement, “Conan’s unique brand of energetic, relatable, and at times, absurdist, comedy has charmed late-night audiences for nearly three decades. We can’t wait to see what he and the rest of Team Coco will dream up for this brand new, variety format each week.”