Former NBC “Tonight Show” host Conan O’Brien Live show could be a new tour.
Conan O’Brien might be taking his live show around the world. The former “Tonight Show” host is weighing a tour that would take him directly to his audience. It is a new proposal that he’s currently working on.
O’Brien left NBC when the network put Jay Leno back to late night. He settled with the TV network and is currently reviewing his options. The exit contract doesn’t bar him from doing stage performances.
However, he cannot make any TV appearances until September. There is speculation that he plans to join the FOX television network to host a late night show. This would place Conan in direct competition with Jay Leno and his former TV network.
Details about the road tour aren’t clear. However, he may perform live in U.S. venues, including college campuses and in Europe. Leno will reclaim his “Tonight Show” next month.
NBC Television’s “The Tonight Show” Third Longest-Running Program
The Tonight Show first aired on NBC in 1954. The show is the longest currently-running regularly scheduled entertainment program in the United States. It is also the third longest-running show on NBC.
The show has had several hosts including Steve Allen (1954-1957), Jack Paar (1957-1962), Johnny Carson (1962-1992), Jay Leno (1992-2009) and Conan for approximately six months. Former host Jay Leno returns in March 1, 2010. It will mark his 18th year as host.
The longest-serving host to date was Carson, who hosted the show for 30 seasons, from 1962 through the spring of 1992. The show’s most recent host is Conan on June 1, 2009 and ended on January 22, 2010. Conan is currently working weighing options to take his show on a tour around the country.