It’s official. The Tonight Show’s infamous host is finally leaving NBC, ending the comedy shuffle hullabaloo. According to USA Today, Conan’s exit was officially announced by NBC’s Meredith Vieira early Thursday.
January 18, 2010—Conan O’Brien showed his support for his fans as he ran with the crowd from Lankershim Blvd. to Universal Studios on foot. A large crowd in Studio City gathered to cheer him on. As he reached the top of the building, an “I’m with COCO” poster was hung down from the building with O’Brien raising his arms and cheering on the crowd.
“In the end, Conan was appreciative of the steps NBC made to take care of his staff and crew, and decided to supplement the severance they were getting out of his own pocket,” Gavin Polone, Conan’s manager told The Wall Street Journal.
Watch out for this Friday’s farewell show, with special guests Tom Hanks and Will Ferrell. Funnyman Conan still managed to pull this off as he gave the bittersweet news to the audience: “Hi, I’m Conan O’Brien, and I’m just three days away from the biggest drinking binge in history.”
Who says it’s the end of Conan O’Brien? My gut tells me that the other network executives are busy drafting hefty proposals for the 46-year-old comedian as you read this post.