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Conan O’Brien’s late-night show on TBS will be retooled then return in January

October 5, 2018

Conan O’Brien’s late-night show on TBS will be retooled then return in January

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Conan O’Brien’s show on TBS as we know it signed off for the final time on Thursday night.

The “Conan” host announced the program is going on hiatus until January, when it will come back after some retooling. The show is switching up from the traditional late-night talk show format by ditching the band and cutting back to half an hour.

“Trust me it’s going to be better,” O’Brien joked. “We did some testing. People were like ‘a little less of him would be great.’”

The host said the changes will allow him to focus on things he loves. “I’m not talking about my wife and children. That ship sailed a long time ago,” he quipped. “I’m talking about travel shows around the world, silly remote pieces, interviewing brilliant and distinct people.”

Until then, O’Brien will embark on a nationwide comedy tour called “Team Coco Presents Conan & Friends: An Evening of Stand-Up and Investment Tips” and launch a new podcast in November.

The former “Tonight Show” host, who got his start as a writer on “The Simpsons,” joined TBS in 2010 following a long career at NBC which ended when the network tried to give his 11:35 p.m. time slot back to Jay Leno.

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