Television has come a long way over the past few decades. The first married couple to share a bed was the real married couple Mary Kay and Jonny on their sitcom in 1948 and it wasn’t until 1971 that we heard the first toilet flush during an episode of “All in the Family.”
Nowadays pretty much anything stopping just short of full nudity is allowed with just a few other exceptions. But recently on one of the last episodes of a famous late-night show the host and his special guest crossed one of those exceptions off the list.
On Tuesday’s episode of “Conan,” Conan O’Brien sought some life advice from actor-producer Seth Rogen.
“You seem like a guy who’s relaxed, centered, like you know who you are,” the late-night host observed. “I’m going to have a lot of free time on my hands now for a while. We’re going to start something else up, but I’m going to have some downtime, and honestly—I’m not even kidding—I don’t really know what to do with downtime.”
“Yes, I get that sense from you,” deadpanned Rogen, who quickly arrived at a recommendation, as far as how O’Brien might fill his days.
“I would suggest—this is going to be hilariously on-brand—try smoking a lot of weed for a long time,” he continued.
O’Brien told the actor that while he considers the plant to be “a fine herb,” and passes no judgment on those who use it, he himself does not usually partake in marijuana.
“I enjoy my lucidity,” he quipped.
“Never a sentence I’ve even thought in my life,” Rogen responded, with a laugh.
O’Brien then shared that on the few occasions when he has tried smoking pot, “nothing really happened.” The host wondered, though, what Rogen would have him smoke, particularly given that he owns the weed company Houseplant.
Then, in true Rogan form, he pulled out a joint and lit it.
“I swear to God, this is how lame I am,” said O’Brien. “For a second I thought, ‘He brought a birthday candle?’”
Rogen advised that O’Brien start slow, with one hit of the joint—which he took, before passing it back to Rogen and his co-host Andy Richter.
“This is the kind of thing you do when you know it’s over for you,” O’Brien joked.
After O’Brien took a hit of the joint on the air, Rogen appeared stunned. “I’m so happy with what just happened,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting any of this.”
Seth Rogen’s appearance on Conan was one of the show’s final episodes since it will be coming to an end on June 24 after a nearly 20 run. O’Brien plans to go on to host a weekly variety show on HBO Max but for now, he seems to be making the most out of his last couple of days as the late-night host.