“Conan,” O’Brien’s long-running TBS show, ended Thursday night, ending a late-night TV era. And O’Brien’s late-night career ended with the man who helped start it all, Homer Simpson.
The latest “Conan” opened with an animated O’Brien doing an exit interview with Homer. O’Brien was a former screenwriter of “The Simpsons” and helped write some of the show’s most popular episodes such as “Margin vs. the Monorail”.
“Homer, do you work in HR?” asked the animated O’Brien.
“Well over the years I’ve had hundreds of jobs,” Homer replied. “At one point, I was even a monorail driver. What a stupid idea it was!
“You represent the world to me, Conrad,” Homer replied.
O’Brien’s late-night run was prolific.
As an unknown comedy writer, O’Brien was tasked with replacing David Letterman on NBC’s “Late Night” in the early ’90s. After a somewhat bumpy start, he captured the love of a loyal following while also making a name for himself through a mix of solid interviews and silly humor.
After “Late Night”, O’Brien had a brief and tumultuous stint as host of “The Tonight Show” before being replaced by the host he replaced, Jay Leno. Then he found himself on TBS, where he moved away from his office to make special trips to countries like Cuba and Armenia.
As much as Thursday is an end, it’s also a start for O’Brien. He will host a new weekly variety series for HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s streaming service. (Like CNN, TBS, and HBO Max are units of WarnerMedia.)
Homer wasn’t the only special guest O’Brien had for his last show, however.
Will Ferrell, who was also a guest on O’Brien’s other recent shows, zoomed in to say goodbye to his friend.
“If you don’t mind, can I pre-record some goodbyes, and you can just use them when your next shows go off?” Ferrell laughed.
The comedian performed a series of taped farewells for O’Brien’s future shows, including his “late night show on the Al Jazeera network” and O’Brien’s “Delta in flight talk show”.
O’Brien’s latest show featured plenty of clips from his years as host of “Conan” as well as jokes with his longtime sidekick, Andy Richter.
“This is our last show on TBS,” O’Brien said during his opening monologue.
“Wait what ?! Richter intervened.
There was also an interview with his latest guest, Jack Black. Black and O’Brien told a story that the show planned to do a big musical number for Conan’s farewell in which Black would pretend to be hurt. However, Black actually injured himself when he sprained his ankle.
“It suited our show,” O’Brien said with a laugh. “When all these legends disappear, everything is meticulous. Of course, we’d think a bit of Jack where Jack pretends to be hurt and during the filming Jack gets hurt. “
To end the show, O’Brien sat down on a stool and thanked the folks at TBS, his family, staff and fans before saying goodbye.
“I’ve dedicated my entire adult life to chasing this weird phantom intersection between smart and stupid,” O’Brien said. “There are a lot of people who believe that the two cannot coexist, but god I will tell you this is something that I believe religiously, I think when smart and stupid meet … I think it is. is the most beautiful thing in the world. “