It seems there was no better way to say goodbye to Conan O’Brien’s longtime late-night “Conan,” than an iconic series of unfortunate events led by Jack Black.
The whimsy, comedic, and the often unpredictable show got to have an interesting send-off after 11 years on TBS. Meanwhile, Conan himself has had 28 years on late-night programs.
Last night was the final episode and Jack Black (“School of Rock,” “Jumamji,” “Nacho Libre”) was the final guest.
When he emerged onto the studio stage, Black was wearing a cast on his foot and was walking with a cane. He appeared to be in pain. In typical Jack Black fashion, he had a musical number all done up for his appearance on the show. The last moments of “Conan” were going to be like an epic “School of Rock” flashback.
“We came up with this musical number that was gonna involve a lot of like, physicality, and I was gonna get injured in the middle of the musical … And then the paramedics were gonna come in, take me on a gurney out to the ambulance,” Black said on the show.
An Epic Goodbye Planned
He was going to epically scream, “Hell no, I love Conan too much!” and make a romantic-comedy-worthy dash back to the theater to reunite with Conan. Unfortunately, Jack Black twisted his ankle while they were filming on Wednesday. O’Brien went out to help him after getting hurt. He forgot that the ambulances are paramedics were props and paid actors.
“I was so bummed because I wanted to be the best guest of all time for your final show and instead, I am literally the lamest,” Black said.
Meanwhile, Conan was just happy to see the show closing out in a way that just felt so right. It just seemed like fate.
“To me, and I’m sorry you got hurt, and I know you’re gonna get better soon, I felt so terrible when you fell, but also, I have to say, it felt fitting, for our show. Here we are, when Carson and Letterman and all these legends go off the air, everything is meticulous. Of course we would think of a bit with Jack, where Jack pretends to get hurt, and while shooting it, Jack gets hurt. We’re the only show that would ever do that,” O’Brien said.
Jack Black instead performed a parody of “My Way” to help wrap up the show.
Saying Goodbye to ‘Conan’
While Conan is leaving behind his late-night show, it’s not the last fans will see of the comedian. He is planning on hosting a weekly variety show on HBO Max. He’s also continuing to post multimedia content under his popular Team Coco banner. That includes his hit podcast, “Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend, Literally with Rob Lowe” as well. He will also still create his “Conan Without Borders” travel specials.
Conan O’Brien joked in a statement this past fall, “In 1993, Johnny Carson gave me the best advice of my career: ‘As soon as possible, get to a streaming platform,'” according to Good Housekeeping.
Team Coco, his media company, reaches about 55 million fans per month. He may be leaving TBS, but his audience is still growing.