Outrage Watch: Conan O'Brien writer slams Fallon and Kimmel, Conan responds
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"Conan" writer Andrés du Bouchet took down late-night hosts Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden and others (though he didn't name any of them) in a since-deleted late-night/early morning Twitter rant about the state of late-night television over the weekend -- and now he's being put in check by his boss.
"Comedy in 2015 needs a severe motherfucking shakeup. No celebrities, no parodies, no pranks, no mash-ups or hashtag wars...and shove your lip-synching up your ass," tweeted the writer and comedian on Friday, before continuing: "Prom King Comedy. That’s what I call all this shit. You’ve let the popular kids appropriate the very art form that helped you deal...None of the funniest stuff ever involved celebrity cameos."
O'Brien, as mentioned previously, was not amused:
I wish one of my writers would focus on making my show funnier instead of tweeting stupid things about the state of late night comedy.— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) April 19, 2015
Not that du Bouchet didn't see it coming ("now comes the inevitable dressing down at work for criticizing other talk shows!" he followed up), though I doubt he expected a public shaming from his employer.
For the record, he did apologize later that morning with a tweet that read: "Sorry for being a bloviating elitist windbag last night. I know tons of talented people are making the stuff I enjoy shitting all over."
Too little, too late.