Conan O'Brien Is Returning to “The Tonight Show” for First Appearance Since Being Fired from Show 14 Years Ago

O'Brien will be a guest on the April 9 episode to promote his upcoming Max series 'Conan O'Brien Must Go'

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Conan O'Brien at SiriusXM Studios in May 2023.

Conan O’Brien is making his way back to The Tonight Show!

The comedian, 60, will be a guest on the late-night talk show, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, marking his first return to the series since his short-lived hosting stint from 2009 to 2010. His episode will air on April 9 as a part of O’Brien’s press tour for his upcoming Max series Conan O’Brien Must Go.

Nicole Richie and musical guest Benson Boone will also appear on the April 9 episode.

The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien ran for two seasons on NBC before the host was fired from the role. He was unceremoniously removed from the show in 2010 after former host, Jay Leno, decided to return to screen.

The network proposed a half-hour time bump for The Tonight Show to 12:05 p.m., which O’Brien was outspoken about — and largely met with public support.

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Conan O'Brien hosting The Tonight Show in 2010.

“I cannot express in words how much I enjoy hosting this program and what an enormous personal disappointment it is for me to consider losing it,” he said, in part, in a statement at the time. “My staff and I have worked unbelievably hard and we are very proud of our contribution to the legacy of the Tonight Show. But I cannot participate in what I honestly believe is its destruction. Some people will make the argument that with DVRs and the Internet a time slot doesn't matter. But with the Tonight Show, I believe nothing could matter more.”

O’Brien bounced back quickly, landing his own self-titled TBS talk show, which aired from 2010 to 2021 for 11 seasons.

Leno commented on the switchup in a 2022 interview on Bill Maher's Club Random podcast, denying he "deliberately sabotaged" O'Brien's shot at the show. "That doesn't work," Leno said. "It doesn't work that way. You try and do the best you can and it didn't work."

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Leno’s version of The Tonight Show aired from 1992 to 2009, then again from 2010 to 2014. Fallon, 49, stepped in as Leno’s replacement in 2014 and has maintained the hosting job ever since.

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The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

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