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Long May You Run
01/23/2010, 4:39 pm
Filed under: Advice, TV, Words | Tags: , , ,

Conan O’Brien announced on Thursday night’s episode of The Tonight Show that they were simply going to “have fun on television.” It was a sincere statement that Conan and company have always stayed true to, but felt poignant given the circumstances. For his final show on Friday, Conan welcomed Steve Carell, Tom Hanks, Neil Young (with a great performance of “Long May You Run”), and Will Ferrell. Before the epic conclusion to the show, Conan gave a bit of a farewell speech, where he emotionally described the end of his run as Tonight Show host as “joyous and inspirational,” and emphatically implored young people to avoid cynicism. He stated simply, “If you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.” It was a powerful moment in the middle of a hell of a lot of fun. Here’s the speech, via YouTube:

To close out the show, Conan grabbed a guitar, joined the Tonight Show Band, with Will Ferrell (cowbell-in-hand), Beck, Ben Harper, and one of the guys from ZZ Top for what else, but a straight cover of “Freebird.” I can’t think of a better way to close up shop.

Head over to Hulu to watch it in high-quality. Enjoy!