Sadly, one of the great host-bandleader unions of all time has come to an end. Max Weinberg will not be a part of Conan O’Brien’s new TBS late night show, Conan. Both Weinberg and O’Brien issued statements cordially wishing the other well and saying that Weinberg may drop by the show in the future.
Weinberg probably sealed his fate when swam into the bad blood between O’Brien and Jay Leno and tried to replace Kevin Eubanks on The Tonight Show this past April. Movieline also reported that Weinberg would “send interns to do gardening work at his house” and “involve staffers in his pay disputes with the network.” He was also notably absent during Conan’s Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour. Still, the guy was hilarious and his deadpan face was amazing. He’ll be missed. Hit the jump for the press release.
Here’s the press release:
New York, NY (September 27, 2010) – By mutual agreement, Conan O’Brien’s longtime bandleader, Max Weinberg will not be returning to lead the late night band he created in 1993 as Conan moves to his new home at TBS on November 8th.
Beginning on September 13th of 1993 “The Max Weinberg 7” and later “Max Weinberg and The Tonight Show Band” were favorites among both fans and critics. With an uncanny ability to combine high quality music and unmatched comedic timing Max played a pivotal role in Conan O’Brien’s nightly shows.
Conan O’Brien stated, “Max has been a huge part of my life for the past 17 years and he is an incredible band leader and musician. I hope he can find time to stop by the new show, sit in with the band, and pretend to find my monologue funny.”
Added Weinberg, “17 years–a lifetime on TV. Conan and I met on a New York City street corner in the Spring of 1993 and my association with Conan, his staff, and crew has been a deeply rewarding experience for me. And, making music with Jimmy Vivino, Mark Pender, La Bamba, Jerry Vivino, Scott Healey, Mike Merritt, and percussionist James Wormsworth enabled me to become a better musician and bandleader. I thank them for their first rate work on the bandstand. I wish Conan and his show the best and I do look forward to dropping by.”