On Thursday, Jimmy Kimmel
said farewell to Conan
O'Brien and farewell to Jay Leno
Kimmel used his monologue to wish O'Brien luck as he wraps up his final "Conan" talk show episode on TBS after nearly 11 years. O'Brien has been a fixture on late night television
for nearly three decades.
“I had no idea bears
could masturbate before Conan,” Kimmel admitted.
It was then time to settle an old score.
“Anyway, here’s to Conan, Andy Richter, and everyone involved with that show,” Kimmel said, adding, “We look forward to whatever you have planned next at HBO Max
, and I also want to congratulate Jay Leno on his new time slot at TBS.”
For the uninitiated, O'Brien had been promised the chair of "The Tonight Show
" for years, and he took over for Leno in 2009. However, Leno strangely accepted a variety show in the prime-time slot ahead of O'Brien.
When both shows failed to connect, NBC
returned Leno to “The Tonight Show” and relegated O’Brien to a post-midnight slot. O’Brien received $32.5 million from NBC in a contract settlement and went on to host “Conan” for nearly 11 years on TBS.
Many saw the scuffle as a betrayal of O'Brien by Leno.
Kimmel has always been on Team Coco, and once embarrassed Leno on his own show by asking him what his best prank was.
“I think the best prank I ever pulled was telling a guy that five years from now I'm going to give you my show, and then when the five
years came, I gave it to him and then I took it back almost immediately,” Kimmel joked.