Conan O’Brien’s talk show brothers congratulated him on a job well done on Thursday, as his late-night TV tenure drew to a close.
ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel began his monologue with a tribute to O’Brien’s latest show on TBS. “I want to congratulate Conan O’Brien on 28 years of very funny late night television,” he said. “You know, before Conan, I didn’t even know bears could masturbate.”
Kimmel also hinted at the 2010 Tonight Show’s kerfuffle: “We look forward to everything you have in store for HBO Max – and also, I want to congratulate Jay Leno on his new time slot at TBS. “
Colbert, meanwhile, marked the “bittersweet milestone of the day in Legacy of the End of the Night” with a long office segment.
“Conan had an incredible tenure,” he said. “It all started in 1993, when he started hosting Late Night at the age of nine. After a hectic puberty, he moved on to The Tonight Show, then spent 11 years at Conan on TBS… Tonight is his last show, but like a kid who keeps saying he’s running away, he’ll be back before we know it with a new weekly show on HBO Max – which I guess is short for HBO Max Weinberg.
“Conan is a dear friend and a lovely guy who was only a force and a great source of advice to me when I took over a late night show, and I want to congratulate him on an amazing 24 years… and several perfectly fine too, “he continued.” I hope he makes the most of his six days of retirement before he starts at HBO. “
Colbert then welcomed Conan-turned-Late Show screenwriter Brian Stack on stage to say his affectionate and so outrageous farewell to his former boss:
Earlier today, Full Frontal’s Kimmel, Colbert and Samantha Bee paid tribute on Twitter (see below). TVLine readers gave O’Brien’s latest episode an average rating of “A” (watch highlights).
Tonight, two men whom I respect enormously close a chapter in their brilliant career. Conan made doing his job the hard way look easy. He and Andy are some of the funniest of the many funny people I’ve met. Congratulations to you and your colleagues on a remarkable achievement.
– Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) June 24, 2021
Conan, thank you for 28 wonderful years of late night shows. Now can I claim the title of “Paleest Host?” »Pic.twitter.com/GIeJfdqroc
– Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) June 25, 2021
Congratulations to our friend and brother from TBS time slots, @ConanOBrien, on his show finale. Can’t you see the resemblance ?? pic.twitter.com/wwRZnONrRS
– Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) June 24, 2021