Prolific late-night host Conan O’Brien will conclude his talk show Conan on TBS after a ten-year run on the network.
After season 10 of Conan concludes in June 2021, O’Brien will move over to his new home: HBO Max. The comedian will host a brand new weekly variety series for the streamer.
“In 1993 Johnny Carson gave me the best advice of my career: ‘As soon as possible, get to a streaming platform,’” quipped O’Brien. “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 spent 28 years as a late night television host.
“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,” said Casey Bloys, CCO for HBO.
Though O’Brien’s talk show will exit TBS, his signature travel specials, Conan Without Borders, will continue on the cable network.
“28 years is a monumental achievement in late-night television,” said Brett Weitz, General Manager for TNT, TBS and truTV. “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.”
TBS and HBO Max are both under the WarnerMedia umbrella, so O’Brien’s move is essentially a lateral one. Evidently, WarnerMedia hopes its streaming platform can bring in new Conan viewers.
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