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Conan O’Brien’s unhinged ‘Hot Ones’ appearance is how he behaved in meetings, a former writer for his show says

Conan O'Brien attends the PaleyLive - Globetrotting & Podcasting: Conan O'Brien's Life After Late-Night TV event at The Paley Museum on April 11, 2024 in New York City.Conan O’Brien’s wild appearance on “Hot Ones” was how he acted in meetings, a writer for his show said.

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  • Conan O’Brien’s outrageous antics on the interview show “Hot Ones” have gone viral.
  • The comedian was grunting, smearing hot sauce on his face, and rubbing his nipples.
  • Former “Conan” show writer Laurie Kilmartin said the behavior was typical for O’Brien.

Conan O’Brien’s absolutely unhinged behavior on “Hot Ones” — the YouTube show where guests eat increasingly spicy chicken wings while being interviewed — has delighted and shocked the internet.

But apparently, it was all perfectly normal behavior for the comedian, according to a writer who previously worked on his show, “Conan,” which ran from 2010 to 2021.

One clip in particular from the interview that went viral on X, formerly Twitter, showed O’Brien dousing his hands in hot sauce, rubbing it all over his mouth, and then rubbing his nipples through his shirt while he grunted and shouted, “Oh yeah! Yeah! Yeahhh!”

“I’ve never felt so alive! I’m erect for the first time in 15 years! This is to you! Call the wife!” O’Brien shouted, raising a glass of milk to the host and chugging it as it dripped all over him.

People on X quickly declared it one of the best episodes of “Hot Ones” they’d ever seen.

Laurie Kilmartin, a stand-up comedian and writer, reshared the video on X on Friday and said that O’Brien’s behavior in the clip was on par with what she’d seen while working on “Conan.”

“lol this was most days in our monologue meetings. You can see why I’ve been almost clinically depressed since the show went off the air,” she wrote on X.

In another tweet responding to someone who said they were jealous that she got to work on “Conan,” Kilmartin said, “I had worked on a couple others shows too that were less fun, so I knew how absolutely lucky I was.”

Kilmartin and representatives for “Conan” did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Business Insider.

O’Brien’s new show, “Conan O’Brien Must Go,” is set to premiere on Max, HBO’s streaming service, on April 18. The show will feature the comedian traveling around the world and meeting fans.

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