Conan’s Last Episode of The Tonight Show with Will Ferrell, Freebird and Neil Young

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Conan O’Brien’s last episode of the Tonight Show aired last night, and the late night talk show comedian signed off in a show of dignity and respect despite the ordeal he has experienced in the past few weeks.

Conan’s last show included guests Will Ferrell, Tom Hanks and Steve Carrell, along with musical performances by Ferrell and Neil Young.

Conan’s farewell words caused his voice to crack at one point, as he choked up over the overwhelming support he received from his fans.

 “Before we end this rodeo, a few things need to be said. There has been a lot of speculation in the press about what I legally can and can’t say about NBC. To set the record straight, tonight I am allowed to say anything I want. And what I want to say is this: between my time at Saturday Night Live, The Late Night Show, and my brief run here on The Tonight Show, I have worked with NBC for over twenty years. Yes, we have our differences right now and yes, we’re going to go our separate ways. But this company has been my home for most of my adult life. I am enormously proud of the work we have done together, and I want to thank NBC for making it all possible.

Walking away from The Tonight Show is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. Making this choice has been enormously difficult. This is the best job in the world, I absolutely love doing it, and I have the best staff and crew in the history of the medium. But despite this sense of loss, I really feel this should be a happy moment. Every comedian dreams of hosting TheTonight Show and, for seven months, I got to. I did it my way, with people I love, and I do not regret a second. I’ve had more good fortune than anyone I know and if our next gig is doing a show in a 7-11 parking lot, we’ll find a way to make it fun.

And finally, I have to say something to our fans. The massive outpouring of support and passion from so many people has been overwhelming. The rallies, the signs, all the goofy, outrageous creativity on the internet, and the fact that people have traveled long distances and camped out all night in the pouring rain to be in our audience, made a sad situation joyous and inspirational.

To all the people watching, I can never thank you enough for your kindness to me and I’ll think about it for the rest of my life. All I ask of you is one thing: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism — it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.”

Neil Young graced Conan’s last episode with the nostalgic tune, “Long May You Run.”

Before Conan’s last episode of the Tonight Show officially closed, he joined Will Ferrell on stage for a performance of Freebird, with Ferrell as lead singer. Will Ferrell’s wife, Viveca Paulin, dressed the part of a pregnant hippy chick and dance alongside him. Conan played electric guitar and seemed to truly enjoy the bittersweet farewell.

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