Conan Apologizes For Swiping Segment From Kimmel

Maybe it was plagiarism or maybe it was a coincidence, but for whatever reason, Conan ended up airing a short in which Sarah Palin hunts and shoots Rudolph after Jimmy Kimmel did the same thing two weeks before. In the video embedded below, Conan O’Brien apologizes for the mishap.

Well, he sorta-apologizes, at least. Conan deflects blame for the incident, joking that the responsible staffer has been fired and re-hired by Kimmel.

Deadline lined up the offending Conan piece alongside Kimmel’s recent clip of Palin shooting Rudolph, as well as Kimmel’s claymation take on the same subject from 2008.

Hmm. Maybe Kimmel needs to apologize for recycling jokes. Here’s the Conan apology:

Conan And Kimmel With Dueling Bits On Sarah Palin Shooting Rudolph [Deadline]


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  1. PLATTWORX says:

    “Consumer affairs” The Consumerist”, “Shoppers bite back…” Um, not seeing any connection between the reason this site exists and Conan stealing a joke from Jimmy Kimmel. It’s getting harder each week to recomment this site to friends.

  2. Hoss says:

    That bit was worse than the blackberry bit. Find us somethin funny!

    • Southern says:

      I like the BlackBerry bit! :-) (Didn’t understand the “drag it to the trash then run it on the desktop” reference, though.. Maybe they just threw that in there without fully understanding it themselves, or it’s a reference to something else that I didn’t understand, like “Orange” would have been had they not forewarned me what “Orange” was in the article)..

      I mean come on, “EggsBox, $3.60” was halarious. :)

      • EarthAngel says:

        I assumed that the trash bit was explaining that Blackberry was a program or an app that could be deleted.

  3. Straspey says:

    On the very next day after they put up a poll where readers can post their grievances about the site – and after receiving around 300 comments from many people with their criticisms and issues…


    The Consumerist feels that this topic is so important it should be brought to everybody’s attention on Christmas Eve.

    • PLATTWORX says:

      Yup. Bingo. I LOVE this site. I have learned alot. But it appears:

      1. After buying this site, Consumers Union discovered it will not bring in the revenue hoped and has kinda tossed it aside.

      2. Is understaffed and paying no attention to how this site is run and what is posted on it.

      3. The staff is unclear as to the mission of the site and thinks just throwing something on here, even an totally unrelated comedy bit is a good thing because it’s “new content”.

      I have seen endless complaints about this. I see no change at all. I am puzzled.

    • coren says:

      I’m sure they’ve implemented all those changes immediately. Moreover, I bet that anything anyone said was marked as a change to be made, and there weren’t any they decided not to go with.

  4. bassbeast says:

    You know what’s funny? I never really paid attention to who wrote which article in the past until I was reading the Festivus pole poll yesterday. I saw all the criticism regarding Phil’s articles.

    Then this post happens.

    I’m scratching my head, not wanted to post “How is this news?” in spite of the fact that this post definitely warrants this level of trollage. I check the author…


    I had no idea it was this bad. Come on, Consumerist. Why is this getting past editorial? With apologies for the massive quote I’m about to do, here’s the mission statement of the Consumerist from their own About Us page:

    The Consumerist empowers consumers by informing and entertaining them about the top consumer issues of the day. We are a leading online resource for consumer-driven advice about dealing with everything from non-existent customer service to onerous cell-phone contracts to ever-shrinking (and ever-more-expensive) grocery products. The Consumerist is published by Consumer Media LLC, a not-for-profit subsidiary of Consumers Union, and takes no outside advertising.

    The Consumerist highlights the persistent, shameless gaffes of modern consumerism – and the latest scams, rip-offs, hot deals and freebies. We also encourage our readers to tell us about their everyday experiences with absurdities of consumer culture – and suggest ways for them to fight back.

    Tell me how this TMZ/EW type story warrants any space here. Please. I think the people want to know. I know I do.

  5. janeslogin says:

    Conan cold improve a lot by stealing more of this sort of thing from Kimmel.

  6. Norvy says:

    Merry Christmas, Phil!

  7. Chris J. Stone says:

    I can’t tell if it’s a slow news day or if this is just a sign of the direction The Consumerist is heading. The tagline should now be “Shoppers and miscellaneous funny online videos bite back.”

  8. ForrestWhitakersLazyEye says:

    YAY, when did Hitler start reading Consumerist!?

    • ForrestWhitakersLazyEye says:

      This was a reply to the first, but after reading most comments, it applies to almost everyone. Get a grip, it’s Christmas eve, and while no, this is not a story about an angry receipt checker, it’s still nice and refreshing to see someone own up to something, which is what Consumerist is all about.

    • MeowMaximus says:

      Bing! Godwin’s Law has been invoked!

      Now this thread just needs more Cowbell…

  9. coren says:

    Phil, did you watch the clip? Conan jokes about the situation, yes, but he apologizes like five times in there too amongst his jokes, he doesn’t “deflect” it.

  10. slappysquirrel says:

    I don’t think it is a defense of Conan to say that joke is so incredibly freaking obvious that I’m surprised it hasn’t been made more.

    And Jay Leno was quoted in the Washington Post telling a variation on a joke I first heard in the third grade.

  11. Mike says:

    To quote everyone else:

    “My opinion of what I think the Consumerist should post is important, and my criticisms from my office chair are not mere opinion but fact. I am glad I took the time to voice my outrage in the comments, now let me hate on the Consumerist writers some more while I visit everyday and read every article!”

    Seriously, if you have ever tried to run a blog as heavy on content as the Consumerist, some days are better than others. Just because the article is not strictly a consumer issued doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be published. Keep up the good work guys, I may have been one of the few people who enjoyed this post.