Conan O’Brien went from the new kid on late-night TV to an institution in his own right — and now he’s moving on.
O’Brien, 57, is ending his longtime late-night talk show on TBS next year to launch a new weekly series on HBO Max, WarnerMedia announced Tuesday.
The award-winning TBS show will conclude at the end of its 10th season in June 2021, while his popular travel specials, “Conan Without Borders,” are set to continue airing on the network.
O’Brien, who had worked as a writer for “The Simpsons” and “Saturday Night Live,” joined the late-night landscape in 1993, when he was a surprise choice to replace David Letterman on “Late Night” as Lettterman bolted for an earlier time slot and a bigger paycheck at CBS.
“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,” O’Brien said in a statement.
WarnerMedia, which owns both TBS and HBO, described the new show as a “weekly variety series” but offered no details.
Brett Weitz, general manager for TBS, TNT and truTV, called O’Brien’s 28 years in late-night television “a monumental achievement.”
“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,” he said in the statement. “We celebrate his success and are glad to see it grow across our WarnerMedia family.”
The popular comedian and four-time Emmy winner, also known as “Coco,” hosts his half-hour talk show four nights a week on TBS, an occasional series of hour-long “Conan Without Borders” specials on the same network as well as a weekly podcast titled “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend.”