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Exposed Plagiarist Conan O'Brien Acknowledges Theft

Back in February, we blew the doors off the biggest plagiarism scandal to rock the entertainment industry since Disney's wholesale appropriation of Osamu Tezuka's Kimba the White Lion (Really, Disney? "Simba?"): former Tonight Show guest host Conan O'Brien's blatant theft of The Simpsons' iconic "couch gag" in the titles of his new show. After three months of stonewalling our indisputable allegations, the thievery gang known as "Team Coco" has finally broken down and acknowledged the shameful theft in the titles of last night's Conan:

Conan titles, episode 98


You can see it in action in this curiously unembeddable video. For the watching-impaired, the silhouetted family from Conan's titles returns home to find the Simpsons (including a Small Bart) making off with their television. Clearly the subtext is clear: Conan has stolen The Simpsons's couch gag, so the Simpsons are stealing a television.

Now, obviously this can't undo all the hurt and damage that has arisen as a result from their reckless disregard for intellectual property, but this acknowledgement is certainly a step forward on the path to recovery. While our editorial policy forbids the tooting of one's horn, we would be remiss without noting that once again, rubbercat.net/simpsons has achieved positive change as a direct result of our steadfast reporting. You're welcome, everyone.

Disgraced Talk Show Host Conan O'Brien Ripping Off The Simpsons

Disgraced talk show host Conan O'Brien, who was famously exiled from network television for being such a bad man, has apparently resorted to blatantly ripping off the beloved American institution known as The Simpsons in an act of brazen desperation, a new low for this sad, sad man. In the opening titles of his new variety show on TBS, a silhouetted family drives over a bridge from a city and then runs inside their home to watch TV. Sound familiar? If that weren't enough, a wacky gag involving the family - a couch gag, if you will - occurs on Thursday shows.

Opening sequence to Conan episode 16

CONAN SNUBBED???

!!!!!Back in 1993, when David Letterman headed over to CBS to start The Late Show, The Simpsons paid tribute with a not-very-funny couch gag (see screenshot here). Why didn't they do a similar tribute when famous Simpsons alum Conan O'Brien took over The Tonight Show??? And don't give me that "they couldn't because it started in June" B.S. excuse. Also why did they choose Letterman over Conan for a not-funny-at-all segment last night?? (Don't give me that "because Letterman has the Top 10 list" crap.) These two things add up to one conclusion: The Simpsons is snubbing Conan!!! What is the reason? A source tells rubbercat.net/simpsons that producer Al Jean has had it in for Conan ever since Conan gave him a wedgie during a staff meeting in '92... No denial from Jean as of yet... Developing...

David Letterman Influences The Simpsons From The Future

What's wrong with the graphic from this CNN article about The Simpsons? Well, although Late Night with David Letterman started in 1982, featured many future Simpsons writers (including George Meyer & Jeff Martin), and most assuredly influenced The Simpsons, The Late Show with David Letterman began in 1993, well after The Simpsons' fourth season. [CNN]

Homer To Appear On Tonight Show

Homer is supposed to appear on The Tonight Show during Jay Leno's monologue. In keeping with the show's spirit, Homer will not tell any jokes or be funny in any way. [Simpsons Channel]

Conan O'Brien Not Asked To Participate In Movie


Responding to a comment by current show runner Al Jean that he would have simply ''laughed'' off an invite to work on the movie, in Entertainment Weekly for its Simpsons cover story that hits stands this Friday, O'Brien deadpanned:

"I cleared my talk show schedule for a year at great financial cost to myself, got an apartment right outside the Fox lot, and told them I was ready to report to work. All I heard back was that they were having trouble finding me a parking space, and then they stopped returning my calls altogether. I am stunned and disappointed.... Truth be told, I worry that the Simpsons-writing portion of my brain has been destroyed after 14 years of talking to Lindsay Lohan and that guy from One Tree Hill, so maybe it's all for the best.''

[Entertainment Weekly]

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