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Conan Issues Apology for Palin-Rudolph Segment...to Jimmy Kimmel

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"The staff member responsible for the piece has been fired."

Yesterday we showed you the light-hearted segment from Conan O'Brien depicting Sarah Palin hunting Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. But there's just one problem: an almost identical bit had already been shown two weeks early on the show of ABC rival Jimmy Kimmel. Conan, in a classy move, apologized for the mix-up, which he says was unintentional.

"The staff member responsible for the piece has been fired," Conan joked , "and we hear he's been immediately rehired at Jimmy Kimmel. So it all worked out."

Conan issued the apology via an online video, which included (appropriately) a string of jokes about plagiarism:

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