Conan O’Brien is certainly no stranger to the Emmy Awards. He is a three-time champ in his career among his 23 nominations. He also hosted the ceremony for NBC to great reviews in 2002 and 2006. We will ask him about the Emmys when he joins us for a live chat this Friday, June 6, at 1:00 p.m. PT; 4:00 p.m. ET on Gold Derby’s home page.
O’Brien has been hosting late night talk show “Conan” for TBS since 2010. His most recent Emmy victory was in 2002 for that program’s interactive media. On this newer incarnation, he welcomed back longtime sidekick Andy Richter.
His career got its biggest early boost when he joined the writing staff at “Saturday Night Live” from 1989 through 1991. He was part of the writing win at the Emmys in 1989. He left that show to write for upstart animated program “The Simpsons” and stayed two years before an unprecedented offer.
Lorne Michaels, his former boss at “SNL,” convinced NBC to hire the very inexperienced performer and youthful O’Brien to be the new host of “Late Night” when David Letterman was departing in 1993. He would go on to lead that show for 16 years and won his second Emmy for writing the program in 2007.
The big trouble spot in his career was when he took over as the host of “The Tonight Show” for Jay Leno in 2009. That job only lasted seven months after declining ratings and network apathy for the loss of Leno and the arrival of O’Brien.
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