Late-night television will soon look very different, as Conan O'Brien and TBS are wrapping the beloved 'Conan' talk show after a decade on the network come June 2021.
For his next act, Conan will head to HBO Max – operated by WarnerMedia, the same parent company that runs TBS – where he'll be hosting a new weekly variety series. No details on the show's exact nature or timeline have been shared just yet.
However, his 'Conan Without Borders' specials will continue to air on TBS.
At 57 years old, Conan has been a mainstay of late-night TV since 1993 when he started hosting 'Late Night' on NBC. He stayed there until 2009 and briefly assumed the reigns left by Jay Leno on 'The Tonight Show,' though this gig came crashing to an end just a year later.
It didn't take him long to once again find success on TBS, which later renewed 'Conan' until 2022. Adapting to changing attention spans and tastes among viewers, the show moved to a 30-minute format in 2018.
In typical fashion, Conan made light of the news: "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."
HBO Max chief content officer Casey Bloys said, "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."
Neither did he mention the announcement on the first following episode. Instead, he addressed the criticism he's been receiving online about the extreme length of his hair. Talk about going with the flow!