Conan O’Brien Sued For Allegedly Stealing Caitlyn Jenner, Tom Brady Twitter Jokes
Conan O’Brien and TBS are at the center of a lawsuit by a San Diego man who claims the late-night host and his staff of writers stole his jokes. Robert Kaseberg alleges that jokes he tweeted about Caitlyn Jenner, Tom Brady and other topics were used on “Conan” shortly after posted them to Twitter.
Kaseberg’s lawsuit says that O’Brien and TBS, the network on which “Conan” airs, violated copyright on four jokes he posted on social media. Kaseberg filed a complaint on July 22 in California federal court, claiming jokes he made on the Internet back in January made their way into O’Brien’s “Conan” monologue. Two of those jokes are said to be about Caitlyn Jenner and Tom Brady, however, it hasn’t been revealed what the gags in question were.
One joke that was cited, however, was an airline bit Kaseberg purports to have written on January 14. His joke supposedly went, “A Delta flight this week took off from Cleveland to New York with just two passengers. And they fought over control of the armrest the entire flight.” During his monologue that same day, O’Brien said, “On Monday, a Delta flight from Cleveland to New York took off with just two passengers. Yet somehow, they spent the whole flight fighting over the armrest.”
The second joke noted in the court filing was about the Washington Monument. Kaseberg reportedly tweeted, “The Washington Monument is ten inches shorter than previously thought. You know the winter has been cold when a monument suffers from shrinkage.” O’Brien quipped on his show on February 17, “Surveyors announced that the Washington Monument is ten inches shorter than what’s been recorded. Of course, the monument is blaming the shrinkage on the cold weather.”
In response to the lawsuit, O’Brien’s production company said, “We at Conaco firmly believe there is no merit to this lawsuit.” What do you think about O’Brien and TBS being sued for allegedly stealing jokes?