Conan O’Brien is Leaving TBS for HBO Max

Conan O'Brien at the Sean Penn Hosts 10th Anniversary Gala Benefiting CORE in January. Photo by Broadimage/Shutterstock (10527703ap)

Ten years after he moved to TBS, Conan O’Brien has announced that he is leaving the network. The last episode of the show will air in June 2021. TBS will still air the popular TV host’s series of travel specials Conan Without Borders.

According to the press release by WarnerMedia, O’Brien and his team will move the show to HBO Max. According to O’Brien, he is looking forward to continuing doing whatever he does on the new platform (and getting free service). “In 1993 Johnny Carson gave me the best advice of my career: ‘As soon as possible, get to a streaming platform’,” said O’Brien.

It seems the feeling is mutual. Calling O’Brien’s comedy “energetic, relatable, and at times, absurdist”, HBO and HBO Max CEO Casey Bloys said that the network cannot wait to see what O’Brien and Team Coco will come up with while working at their new home.

O’Brien is an alumnus of both Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons. For the last 28 years, he has hosted some kind of a late-night talk show. He has hosted The Tonight Show on NBC and his self-titled show on TBS. He also hosts his own podcast.