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23 January 2010 @ 12:36 am
“Before we end this rodeo, a few things need to be said. There has been a lot of speculation in the press about what I legally can and can’t say about NBC. To set the record straight, tonight I am allowed to say anything I want. And what I want to say is this: between my time at Saturday Night Live, the Late Night show, and my brief run here on The Tonight Show, I have worked with NBC for over 20 years. 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.
Walking away from The Tonight Show is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Making this choice has been enormously difficult. This is the best job in the world, I absolutely love doing it, and I have the best staff and crew in the history of the medium. But despite this sense of loss, I really feel this should be a happy moment. 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. I’ve had more good fortune than anyone I know and if our next gig is doing a show in a 7-Eleven parking lot, we’ll find a way to make it fun.

And finally, I have to say something to our fans. The massive outpouring of support and passion from so many people has been overwhelming. The rallies, the signs, all the goofy, outrageous creativity on the Internet, and the fact that people have traveled long distances and camped out all night in the pouring rain to be in our audience, made a sad situation joyous and inspirational.

To all the people watching, I can never thank you enough for your kindness to me and I’ll think about it for the rest of my life. All I ask of you is one thing: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism — it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen. As proof, let’s make an amazing thing happen right now.” - Conan O'Brien

Thank You Conan.
I know this isn’t the end for you, at all. You can come do the tonight show in my house, and we can have guest on like my cat. My brother can play the guitar so he can be the musical guest, it’ll all work out.

But really, I did this when the Late Night show ended, but, thank you for childhood memories that I didn’t even understand. My babysitter used to call me Max, my brother Andy, and she was Conan. I didn’t get it, cause I never stayed up that late. I was about 5. Thanks for having the White Stripes on for a week straight, because if you didn’t do that, I really wouldn’t have gone out and bought Elephant. Thanks for the bits that we all enjoyed so much. When you went to Toronto, that was awesome. Thanks for old-timey baseball, triumph, the masturbating bear, and so much more. When you moved to the Tonight show, I never realized you would be gone so soon.

You keep saying that you’re lucky to have had the chance, but we are lucky to have had someone like you be on our televisions making us laugh every week night.

- Mackenzie
I'm Pepe Silviahe_is_dead_jim on January 23rd, 2010 05:44 am (UTC)
:( :( :( i don't really have anything to say because we were talking and i am sad so i'm just going to post one of my fav conan gifs

Nicoleartstardumb on January 23rd, 2010 05:46 am (UTC)
i cried when he said that. i think he was trying really hard not to cry too. :(
Nicoleorigamilove on January 24th, 2010 04:41 am (UTC)
Thank you for posting this! I was so tired last night I fell asleep during the Tom Hanks bit :( This makes me so sad! I LOVE YOU CONAN O'BRIEN!