FILE - This May 16, 2018 file photo shows Conan O'Brien at the Turner Networks 2018 Upfront in New York. O’Brien has agreed to settle a lawsuit with a writer who says the talk-show host stole jokes from his Twitter feed and blog for O’Brien’s monologue on “Conan.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Conan O'Brien settles joke-theft lawsuit weeks before trial

May 09, 2019 - 6:33 pm

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Conan O'Brien has agreed to settle a lawsuit with a writer who says the talk-show host stole jokes from his Twitter feed and blog for monologues on "Conan."

Attorneys for O'Brien and writer Robert Kaseberg filed documents Thursday in federal court in San Diego disclosing the agreement. Terms were not disclosed.

The deal came nearly four years after the rare joke-theft case began and about three weeks before a trial was set to start.

O'Brien wrote a column in Variety explaining the settlement, insisting neither he nor any staffers had heard of Kaseberg at the time, and no one stole any jokes.

O'Brien said he didn't want a "farcical and expensive" trial.

Kaseberg said in a statement that he's proud he shed light on joke theft and is happy the resolution was amicable.

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