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January 17, 2010

ZUCKER AND O'BRIEN DUKED IT OUT OVER TWO DECADES AGO

Coco, Deadline Hollywood - It's just been brought to my attention that, while they were Harvard undergraduates, Jeff Zucker '86 called the cops on Conan O'Brien '85. According to articles in both the Harvard Crimson and Yale Daily News, Zucker, then president of the university's Harvard Crimson daily newspaper, dispatched the police to the Harvard Lampoon office after O'Brien, who was president of the campus humor magazine, organized a prank on his college rival -- stealing an entire print run of the Crimson before it could be distributed.

"He only forgave me when I gave him The Tonight Show," Zucker told a Yale gathering back in 2005. The Harvard Crimson described the incident this way in a 2004 article about Conan landing The Tonight Show courtesy of Zucker:

"O'Brien cut his teeth in comedy as president of The Harvard Lampoon, a semi-secret Sorrento Square social organization that used to occasionally publish a so-called humor magazine. In fact, O'Brien first met Zucker, his current boss, one day when O'Brien and the Lampoon editors stole all the copies of that morning's Crimson. Zucker, then Crimson President, called the police and met O'Brien face to face while he was being arrested."

In 2001, Conan told The New Yorker this about the incident:

. . . So what's to glean from this Harvard history lesson? Yes, Jeff Zucker was a thin-skinned prick who didn't understand comedy or know how to handle creatives even back then.


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