Conan O’Brien was born April 18, 1963, in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is a television host, writer and comedian whose work has earned 24 award nominations and nine wins, including two Emmys and six Writers Guild of America Awards. In 2006, Conan hosted the 58th Primetime Emmy Awards for the third time. Conan’s career began in 1987, when he signed on as a writer for Saturday Night Live. He remained with the show until 1991. A few years later, he wrote four episodes of the wildly popular animated series The Simpsons. Then, in 1993, Conan became the host of his own show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien. The show ran until 2009, when Conan left to become the new host of The Tonight Show after Jay Leno’s departure. The legendary show was renamed The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. Controversy erupted seven months later, however, when Leno decided to return to NBC late-night TV with The Jay Leno Show. Leno wanted The Tonight Show’s time slot, which would have required that show to appear at a different, later time for the first time in the show’s history. NBC gave Conan the option of either leaving the network or airing his show at 12:05 a.m. Conan decided to leave the show, at which point Leno took his old job back. The incident incited the public’s wrath, with many people rallying in support of Conan, whom they felt had been treated shabbily. Tens of thousands of Facebook posts declared support for “Team Conan.” In November 2010, Conan’s new talk show, Conan, premiered on TBS after much anticipation. Conan married Liza Powell on January 12, 2002. They have two children.
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