While the talk show legend’s eponymous TBS late-night show, which aired its series finale in June after 11 seasons, was nominated for Outstanding Variety Talk Series, he didn’t even have to win in order to steal the spotlight throughout the telecast.
“Conan is the best part of this show and he hasn’t even been on stage,” one viewer captioned a clip of O’Brien hilariously trolling Television Academy chairman Frank Scherma by standing and saluting throughout his speech. Wanda Sykes simply tweeted, “Conan is giving no F’s tonight!” with a cry-laughing emoji.
Over the course of the evening, the comedian also earned a special shout-out from John Olivier after losing to the fellow host in their category. It all culminated in an excellent stagebomb during pal Stephen Colbert’s acceptance speech for Outstanding Variety Special (Live), much to presenter Aidy Bryant’s delight.
The Crown, Ted Lasso, and Mare of Easttown were among the night’s big winners, while The Queen’s Gambit took home the trophy for Best Drama Series as the final award of the show.
Check out more of O’Brien’s most gut-bustingly funny moments during this year’s Emmys below.
Conan is the best part of this show and he hasn't even been on stage. pic.twitter.com/jZfEFo6C5fAdvertisement
— av clark (@annevclark) September 20, 2021
Conan is giving no F’s tonight!😂
— Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes) September 20, 2021
Conan standing and saluting the CEO of the Television Academy throughout his spiel 😂 pic.twitter.com/8rZWKqF9Ln
— Kris HeHadTwoJabs (@DesignedToFade) September 20, 2021
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) September 20, 2021
we still love you, Conan pic.twitter.com/F74QlSpbDX
— Mark (@tole_cover) September 20, 2021
Conan has officially gone insane and gives zero fucks at this point.
— Abraham Cavazos (@cavazus) September 20, 2021
Conan O'Brien running on the stage after Stephen Colbert wins the Emmy LOL pic.twitter.com/d3w9wWlLio
— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) September 20, 2021
— Vulture (@vulture) September 20, 2021