Conan O’Brien gave an emotional farewell to fans on his final night as the host of NBC’s The Tonight Show.
At times fighting back tears, O’Brien thanked his legions of fans Friday night for making “a sad situation joyous and inspirational,” urging them to fight cynicism over the ugly public feud that ended his seven-month tenure at the legendary late-night comedy show.
The audience at Universal Studios in Burbank, California replied in kind, giving him a standing ovation and chanting “Conan! Conan! Conan!” repeatedly.
After an experiment placing the funnyman’s predecessor in prime time garnered meager ratings and frustrated the network’s affiliates, NBC television announced it would bring Jay Leno back to the show he hosted for 17 years.
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We’ll have to wait and see to find out which network will Conan join after leaving NBC, but you can bet that we’ll see him hosting a new show soon.
In the meantime, let’s all have a good laugh over the instant classic that is the Bugatti Veyron Mouse segment, in which Conan sticks it to NBC with what is being touted as “the most expensive skit” in the history of late night shows.
And here’s a clip of Conan’s farewell speech.