Max Weinberg won’t be part of Conan O’Brien’s new late night talk show on TBS, the late night talk show host confirmed. Weinberg, also well-known for his drum work with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, served as the comedian’s bandleader on Late Night with Conan O’Brien show and The Tonight Show. In an interview with St. Louis’ Riverfront Times, musician Jimmy Vivino says that he’ll be leading the band on O’Brien’s new show, Conan, which launches on Nov. 8. Vivino played guitar and keyboards as a member of the Max Weinberg 7 on O’Brien’s shows. James Wormworth will replace Weinberg on drums.
UPDATE: Both Weinberg and Conan O’Brien have issued statements about the band leader’s departure, which they claim was “mutual.” “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,” O’Brien said in a statement. Said 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, 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.”