Conan O'Brien Fans Share Favorite Moments as Show Ends

It was the end of an era for Conan O'Brien on Thursday, when the final episode of his eponymous talk show aired on TBS. He's now set to move to HBO Max after 28 years as a late-night host.

"It's hard to believe, it's hard to say, it's our final show on TBS,' said O'Brien, whose show, Conan, has been aired on the network for the past 11 years.

He went on: "I am so grateful to all of my staff and to the fans in this country and around the world who have joined me in this really crazy and seemingly pointless pursuit to do things that are kind of stupid, but have something smart in there somewhere and there's a little tiny flicker of what is kind of magic."

"My advice to anyone watching right now is it is not easy to do but try and do what you love with people you love and if you can manage that, it's the definition of heaven on earth," he added.

As the star looked back on the countless celebrity guests he'd welcomed onto the show over the years, he was joined at the Los Angeles taping by final guest Jack Black, while Will Ferrell made a remote appearance.

And as the show signed off for a final time, celebrities and fans took to Twitter to share tributes and recall their favorite moments.

Fellow late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert shared a snapshot of himself posing alongside O'Brien, as he wrote: "Conan, thank you for 28 wonderful years of late night shows. Now, can I claim the title of 'palest host?'"

John Krasinski posted an image that showed him sitting down for an interview with O'Brien, adding the caption: "As is evident from the grainy image, the year...was 1973. The host was Conan O'Brien.

"This gentleman is without question one of my favorite and greatest inspirations. Both in what funny is...and what kindness is. Here's to @teamcoco! For tonight, and every night...thank you!"

Conan, thank you for 28 wonderful years of late night shows. Now, can I claim the title of “palest host?” pic.twitter.com/GIeJfdqroc

— Stephen Colbert (@StephenAtHome) June 25, 2021

As is evident from the grainy image, the year...was 1973. The host was Conan O’Brien. This gentleman is without question one of my favorite and greatest inspirations. Both in what funny is...and what kindness is. Here’s to @teamcoco ! For tonight, and every night...thank you! pic.twitter.com/k194MVaWiA

— John Krasinski (@johnkrasinski) June 25, 2021

Taking to Instagram, Chris Pratt also showed himself making a guest appearance on the show, writing: "This is me on Conan 11 years ago. My first talk show. I think I stood up in the middle of the interview to take my jacket off at one point. He's been a friend and supporter since day one. Much love #teamcoco."

Elsewhere, fans posted video clips on Twitter, as they discussed their favorite moments.

"The Walker Texas Ranger lever on Conan's Late Night Show is still grossly underrated for the comedy it provided," wrote @ShooterMcGavin_, who shared a clip of O'Brien pulling the lever to play random clips from the Chuck Norris-fronted series.

The Walker Texas Ranger lever on Conan’s Late Night Show is still grossly underrated for the comedy it provided. pic.twitter.com/s1VNPoeRw0

— Shooter McGavin (@ShooterMcGavin_) June 24, 2021

Sorry. I’m not done posting Conan bits I love. pic.twitter.com/yYiZp8BmJ0

— andrew woods (@JimJarmuschHair) June 24, 2021

Conan fan @JimJarmuschHair posted a string of favorite memories from the show, including a segment called "Hank's Secrets," featuring Tom Hanks himself.

Hanks was seen saying: "At the 1998 Oscars, I found myself in a bathroom in a stall next to Tom Selleck. So I leaned over and I said, 'Looks like we're a couple of peeing Toms!' His angry silence is something I'll never forget."

"I'm going to miss seeing Conan in late night," said comedian and writer Mike Drucker. "I remember how much that show meant to me as a little kid and how upset my mom was when I asked her to explain the masturbating bear."

There were also scores of comedians who looked back fondly on their encounters with 58-year-old O'Brien and their appearances on his show.

Before TBS' Conan, O'Brien hosted Late Night with Conan O'Brien on NBC from 1993 to 2009, and then succeeded Jay Leno on NBC's The Tonight Show for one year, before Leno would return to take his job back.

It was first confirmed late last year that Conan would be coming to an end, as O'Brien announced that he was launching a new show on HBO Max.

In a typical display of his humour, O'Brien said in a statement at the time: "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's 28 years on late night TV means he's had one of the longest runs as a talk show host in American TV history, placing him ahead of Oprah Winfrey and Larry King, though just behind Johnny Carson and David Letterman.

Conan O'Brien ends late-night talk show
Conan O'Brien presented the final episode of his show, "Conan," on Thursday after 11 years. He has enjoyed a 28-year career as a late-night talk show host. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for WarnerMedia