Conan O’Brien took to Twitter to respond to one of his staff writer’s public war on late night comedy. Andrés du Bouchet (@dubouchet)has been a writer for O’Brien since 2008 when the red-headed comedian was at NBC on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. du Bouchet stayed on subsequent Team Coco staffs at The Tonight Show and Conan.
On his Twitter Thursday night, the writer ranted about the apparently dire state of late night television. du Bouchet called for “a severe motherfucking shakeup” in late night. “No celebrities, no parodies, no pranks, no mash-ups or hashtag wars.” Sounding like someone who maybe didn’t fit in in high school, he dubbed shows hosted by the likes of Jimmy Fallon and James Corden “Prom King Comedy.” Although there have always been at least one or two late night hosts who appealed to the masses at any given time, he still complained that “you’ve let the popular kids appropriate the very art for that helped you deal. Fuck.”
The Conan staff writer later apologized on Twitter, including his excitement for Stephen Colbert’s upcoming tenure as host of Late Show in September. Before deleting all of the controversial tweets and self-deprecating follow-ups, he anticipated his “inevitable dressing down” back at the Team Coco offices. Well, he didn’t need to wait until work.
Conan O’Brien publicly chastised his longtime employee telling him his focus should be less on lip-synching videos and more on writing. Fans seemed to agree as thousands have since favorited the Tweet. Hopefully du Bouchet will be teased on Monday at the office so the writer’s room can focus on embodying its network’s slogan: Very Funny.
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
The Conan host has still not deleted his tweet.