Moving to HBO Max to host a weekly variety show and ending his late-night show after 28 years is just latest career evolution for Conan. "These days," says Michael Schneider, "O’Brien is probably more celebrated as a successful podcaster (Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend and producer of several more), the host of a popular run of travel specials (Conan Without Borders), his clips on social media and for just being Conan O’Brien, than he is for a cable TV show." Schneider adds: "O’Brien had a new energy to reinvent himself, developing the 'Team Coco' brand — which had evolved out of fans protesting his NBC exit — into a digital platform. And to make more noise, he began to take the show out of the studio more, to Comic-Con and then in those travel segments that turned into Conan Without Borders." ALSO: Rather than discuss his talk show ending, Conan told fans to stop obsessing over his long hair on his Tuesday show.