“A writer for Conan O’Brien who briefly punctured the illusion that late-night television is a chummy fraternity and offered some elliptical criticism of rival hosts has been met with a rare rebuke from his usually genial employer,” writes David Itzkoff at The New York Times’ Artsbeat blog.
The story reports: “In a series of tweets that has since been deleted, Andrés du Bouchet, a writer for the TBS late-night program ‘Conan,’ decried what he called ‘Prom King Comedy’ and criticized a perceived overreliance on gimmicky, celebrity-oriented comedy segments on other shows.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, some of the comments in du Bouchet’s now-deleted tweets read, “Comedy in 2015 needs a severe motherf–king shakeup. No celebrities, no parodies, no pranks, no mash-ups or hashtag wars … and shove your lip-synching up your ass.”
After du Bouchet’s rant O’Brien tweeted, “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.”