He's as free as a bird now, and this bird you cannot change.
Truer words have never been spoken, and early this morning, a departing Conan O'Brien spent the last few minutes of his Tonight Show tenure jamming with none other than Will Ferrell on the classic Lynyrd Skynyrd farewell ballad.
Here's Will, Conan and his band doing "Free Bird" ...
Conan's final episode was, in many ways, a somber one. He showed a picture of his staff and expounded on what hosting The Tonight Show meant to him.
"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 it," he said.
Refraining from any well-deserved NBC bashing (probably because of his contract buyout), he thanked the network for making his entire career possible.
He did needle NBC for building a $50 million studio for him just a year ago, suggesting alternate uses for it going forward: Site of Tiger Woods' mistresses 1st annual reunion, water park for Max Weinberg's illegitimate children, etc.
Oddly enough, after the Hope for Haiti Now benefit Friday, NBC chose to air Dateline at 10 p.m., rather than the Jay Leno Show, meaning the final night of Conan O'Brien's career at NBC was the only one in which he didn't have to follow Jay.
As for his next move?
"As I set off for exciting new career opportunities, I just want to make one thing clear to everyone listening out there: I will do nudity," Conan boasted.
Follow the jump for a montage of some of the best moments from The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, the finale of which came a decade too soon: