Conan O'Brien Makes Peace With NBC On 'Tonight Show' Finale: 'I Did It My Way & I Do Not Regret A Second!'

Sat, January 23, 2010 1:57am EDT by 2 Comments

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Were you satisfied with Conan’s toned-down goodbye?

Before ending his final episode of the Tonight Show with an outrageous musical performance with Will Ferrell, host Conan O’Brien addressed the audience with a heartfelt message, thanking everyone for their support during his seven months on the air. “Walking away from the Tonight Show is the hardest thing I have ever had to do,” he said Jan. 23. “Every comedian dreams of hosting the Tonight Show and, for seven months, I got to. I did it my way, with people I love, and I do not regret a second.” In a sudden change of tone, Conan also had very nice things to say about his complicated relationship with NBC.

“I have worked with NBC for over 20 years,” he said. “Yes, we have our differences right now and yes, we’re going to go our separate ways, but this company has been my home for most of my adult life. I am enormously proud of the work we have done together, and I want to thank NBC for making it all possible.”

According to Conan’s contract, he’s required to wait seven months before taking on a new hosting gigSo what can we expect from Conan during his down time? “As I set off for exciting new career opportunities,” he announced, “I just want to make one thing clear to everyone listening out there: I will do nudity.”

And the party didn’t stop when the cameras stopped rolling. In fact, that’s when it got started! Jameson and gingers flowed as Conan, Andy Richter, Max Weinberg, La Bamba, Jack McBrayer and Will Ferrell took photos with The Tonight Show crew. Conan’s entire staff wore “Team Conan” t-shirts to show their support, while his merry little interns all rocked shirts that read “I’m with CoCo.”

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dyb

Posted at 2:49 AM on January 24, 2010  

Conan will only be taking home 33 mil, the balance will be distributed among his staff. I think they all will do OK!

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knelson

Posted at 2:46 AM on January 23, 2010  

Conan said “It’s the hardest decision hes ever had to make” Ha – he didn’t have to, he chose to walk away with 45 million in his pocket while all of the people that worked on his show lost their jobs. I don’t feel sorry for him one bit.

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