UPDATE: A representative from Conaco, Conan O’Brien’s production company, released this statement on Monday regarding the lawsuit: “We at Conaco firmly believe there is no merit to this lawsuit.”
EARLIER: On Monday, news of a lawsuit filed against Conan host Conan O’Brien for copyright infringement made its way through the news cycle, sparking Conan announcer Andy Richter to respond to the allegations against his longtime collaborator via Twitter.
“There’s no possible way more than one person could have concurrently had these same species-elevating sights! THESE TAKES ARE TOO HOT!” Richter wrote.
Filed on July 22 by Robert Kaseberg, the claim alleges that O’Brien, TBS, and Time Warner Inc. and several others violated copyright on a total of four jokes, which the lawsuit states had been posted to Kaseberg’s personal blog and Twitter account before later airing during O’Brien’s Conan monologue.
According to the lawsuit, Kaseberg published this joke to his blog on Jan. 14: “A Delta flight this week took off from Cleveland to New York with just two passengers. And they fought over the armrest the entire flight.”
The lawsuit claims O’Brien went on to tell a similar joke during his monologue segment that day. It states that there have been three other relevant incidents since then.