“Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol and dental insurance. Choose fixed- interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisure wear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suit on hire purchased in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose D.I.Y. and wondering who you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pushing you at last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked-up brats you have spawned to replace yourself. Choose your future. Choose life… But why would I want to do a thing like that?”—
In the Brittany region of France, there is a word that the Breton speaking inhabitants coined to describe the blue hue of their wondrous coast and environment. The term ‘glasz’ encompasses the beautiful subterfuge of the blue, green and gray colors often seen in the surrounding ocean.
The Bretons also say that the eye color of many of the women residing in Brittany may be described as ‘glasz’. A backdrop of blue, a thin layer of green, small flecks of gray scattered throughout.
As time passes, I find that I tend to fall in love with the regions of European countries seeking social independence and political autonomy. In particular, provinces with separatist aspirations such as Brittany, the Basque country in Spain and even Wales. Perhaps the sincere passion, the genuine appeal to preserve and pass on their specific social and cultural values is what captivates me most. Or maybe it’s the fact that the aforementioned places (the Basque and Breton regions, more specifically), seem to exude ‘glasz’, a phenomenon I have not encountered elsewhere. Either way, I find it beautiful and immensely endearing.
Conan O'Brien's Farewell Monologue - The Tonight Show 22/01/10
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 The Tonight 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.
Conan O’Brien has proven himself a class act and a man of great poise and integrity. What truly resonates with me from the carefully chosen words of O’Brien’s earnest speech is his plea for optimism. We eagerly await your next move, Conan.