1. Headline
  1. Headline
Image: Max Weinberg
Tony Dejak  /  AP file
Max Weinberg said his time with O'Brien and crew has been "a deeply rewarding experience" and that he does "look forward to dropping by."
updated 9/27/2010 3:49:39 PM ET 2010-09-27T19:49:39

Conan O'Brien's longtime bandleader Max Weinberg isn't following him to TBS.

O'Brien confirmed Monday that Weinberg won't be joining him on "Conan," his new late-night program set to debut in November. Weinberg had been O'Brien's musical sidekick for 17 years, on both "Late Night" and the "Tonight Show."

In a statement, O'Brien said Weinberg has been "a huge part of my life for the past 17 years." He says he hopes Weinberg still finds time to visit the new show "and pretend to find my monologue funny."

Slideshow: The latest in celebrity sightings

Weinberg said his time with O'Brien and crew has been "a deeply rewarding experience" and that he does "look forward to dropping by."

Weinberg is also the drummer for Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band.

Guitarist Jimmy Vivino will take over as bandleader, a "Conan" spokesman said. Vivino is a longtime member of the band, which was previously named "The Max Weinberg 7" and later "Max Weinberg and the Tonight Show Band." A new name hasn't yet been announced.

O'Brien's short-lived stint as NBC's "Tonight" show host ended in January.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Discuss:

Discussion comments

,

Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments

More on TODAY.com

  1. Jeff Dunahoo / www.11alive.com

    Introducing the #unselfie: Photos celebrate unselfish acts

    4/17/2014 6:17:54 PM +00:00 2014-04-17T18:17:54
  1. ‘Mom … I love you’: Texts from students on sinking ferry

    Heartbreaking text messages from high school students on board the sinking ferry off South Korea painted a picture of terror and tragedy on board as the hunt for survivors continued Thursday.

    4/17/2014 6:07:02 PM +00:00 2014-04-17T18:07:02
  1. Would your kitchen pass a health inspection? 6 mistakes you may be making

    Do you use the same kitchen towel to wipe your hands and counters? Peter DeLucia, assistant health commissioner for Westchester County in New York shares some common (and uncommon) health risks.

    4/17/2014 5:30:15 PM +00:00 2014-04-17T17:30:15
  1. Florian Schneider / Florian Schneider/NBC

    Get the look: Have your own 'Parenthood' patio

    4/17/2014 6:25:21 PM +00:00 2014-04-17T18:25:21
  1. Nordstrom; Bloomindales

    Under $100: Spring skirts for every style

    4/17/2014 5:46:37 PM +00:00 2014-04-17T17:46:37