Conan O'Brien stayed true to form as he wrapped his TBS show Conan after nearly 11 years, bouncing between self-deprecating and smart-aleck humor before allowing himself a touch of sentiment, the AP reports. “Try to do what you love with people you love, and if you can manage that, it’s the definition of heaven on Earth,” he said, marking the end of his third late-night show over 28 years. It's a tenure second only to Johnny Carson's 30 years on Tonight. O'Brien's next venture is a weekly variety series for HBO Max, set to arrive in 2022 with an as-yet unannounced format. The hour-long Conan finale Thursday was largely a trip down memory lane with clips of guests including Steve Martin, Tom Hanks and Sarah Silverman, and highlights of specials taped outside the United States. Will Ferrell appeared by Zoom from Boston, with Jack Black on hand to salute O'Brien.
Ferrell noted that he’s been a guest for the conclusions of O’Brien’s previous shows, Late Night With Conan O'Brien and Tonight, both on NBC but with widely varying runs: the former from 1993 to 2009, the latter for less than eight months in 2009-10. “It’s kind of become a tradition,” O’Brien said of Ferrell's presence. “It’s become (expletive) exhausting,” Ferrell replied. He then proceeded to perform farewells that he suggested O’Brien should bank for probable future need, including for his new HBO Max series. Black limped onto the stage wearing an orthopedic boot, which he and O’Brien explained was because of a badly sprained ankle Black suffered during pre-taping of what was supposed to be a big-finish action and dancing skit. In its place, Black serenaded O'Brien and his longtime sidekick Andy Richter with revamped lyrics set to the signature Frank Sinatra standard, “My Way.” Watch clips in our gallery.
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