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NEW YORK (AP) – Conan O’Brien said on his final “Tonight” show that walking away is the hardest thing he’s ever had to do.
He ended his tenure on the storied late-night show Friday, seven months after he started. He is set to be replaced by the man he initially took over for – Jay Leno.
Before ending his show, O’Brien thanked his fans, the viewers and even NBC. He worked at the network for two decades before leaving in lieu of accepting a demotion. Despite his sense of loss, O’Brien says the end should be a happy moment.
O’Brien says “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.”
He says, “If our next gig is doing a show in a 7-Eleven parking lot, we’ll find a way to make it fun.”