Television’s longest-tenured late-night host has ended a 28-year run, sitting behind the desks of “Late Night”, “The Tonight Show” (albeit briefly), and his TBS show “Conan”, which aired its final episode Thursday.
To mark the occasion, host Conan O’Brien (who previously worked as a writer on “Saturday Night Live” and “The Simpsons”) received an exit interview from none other than Homer Simpson himself.
The “Simpsons” patriarch is apparently not a “Conan” fan, faintly praising his guests’ “mildly interesting” talk-show anecdotes.
As the animated dad pointed out, late-night hosts like O’Brien are “a dying breed,” noting that, “There’s only like 800 of you left.”
Ultimately, Homer demonstrated his affection for the departing host, telling him that “you mean the world to me, Conrad.”
Jack Black then joined the farewell celebrations, telling O’Brien he was his first-ever talk show interview.
“I was scared as hell,” admitted Black. “I was petrified. I had never been in front of a late-night audience before. You were so smart, and funny and kind. It was the best way to enter the late-night television world and I will always feel a special connection with you and worship you.”
Black and O’Brien also revealed their intention to air a musical number during Thursday’s episode, in which Black would “fake an injury” and be taken to the ambulance by paramedics.
However, Black got injured for real, explaining how he sprained his ankle and now had to walk with a cane.
Will Ferrell also bid farewell to Conan, joking how it’s been “exhausting” having to always tape farewell speeches for all his talk shows.
He said, “I love you Conan but if you don’t mind, can I just pre-tape a few goodbyes and you can just use them when your next several shows flame out? We can just get it out of the way.”
O’Brien delivered an emotional speech to mark the occasion, thanking his family, his staff, and the fans who have joined him on a “crazy and seemingly pointless pursuit” over the past 11 years.
“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.”
Meanwhile, celebrities took to Twitter to shower O’Brien with love on the occasion of the final episode of “Conan”, including late-night competitor Jimmy Kimmel and numerous comedians who’d appeared on the show over the years.
Tonight, two men I respect tremendously close a chapter of their brilliant careers. Conan made doing his job the hard way look easy. He & Andy are among the funniest of the many funny people I’ve met. Congratulations to you & your co-workers on a remarkable achievement.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) June 24, 2021
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
Thank you, Conan <3 pic.twitter.com/UsI3ukpAce
— Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) June 25, 2021
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 https://t.co/RxGFJdSNGz
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) June 25, 2021
Huge congrats to @ConanOBrien @TeamCoco !! Conan O’Brien is always so funny, so kind, and so beyond brilliant to share time with. Maybe that’s because he’s so funny, so kind, and so brilliant. And he’s just getting started! pic.twitter.com/1qBCjD361m
— bob saget (@bobsaget) June 24, 2021
Conan is the master. I feel I don’t even have the vocabulary to express his impact on me and comedy and he is also so kind and generous. Congrats to the whole team over there. I’m sad the show is ending but what a run wow.
— nathan fielder (@nathanfielder) June 25, 2021
Conan changed the course of my career, I honestly don’t know where I’d be without him and his show taking a chance on a very young, hot comedian like me. Thank you daddy @TeamCoco.
— Joel Kim Booster (@ihatejoelkim) June 24, 2021
One of the first times I was on TV was dressed as a robot for a @ConanOBrien sketch at 30 Rock. It might have been cut. And here I am 2 years ago cosplaying as Conan for one of his Comic Con shows. He is a hero. A legend. And he, along with his writers, have shaped us all. #CONAN pic.twitter.com/Qt4Au28uXx
— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) June 25, 2021
— Solomon Georgio (@solomongeorgio) June 24, 2021
One of my first dreams in standup was to appear on Conan & I feel extremely lucky that I got to do it 3 times. Even with time slot & network changes, the show remained funny, unique & daring. It will forever have a place in my heart. pic.twitter.com/8ZEZe3eZcs
— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) June 25, 2021