Three days after one of his writers took to Twitter to rant about the state of late-night comedy, Conan O’Brien posted a sharp-edged retort:

Andres du Bouchet, who has worked for O’Brien in various shows since 2008, posted several tweets Thursday, ranting about what he called “Prom King Comedy,” which is, he posted, “what I call all this s***. You’ve let the popular kids appropriate the very art form that helped you deal. F***…None of the funniest stuff ever involved celebrity cameos.”

He also suggested a particularly sensitive dorsal-side area where some hugely popular late-night hosts could “shove” their hugely popular celebrity lip-synching routines.

Over the next couple of days, Du Bouchet took down most of the rant-y tweets, and even the follow-up posts apologizing at some level or another. He did leave up these two pro-comedy posts, among a bunch of stuff that has nothing to do with the controversy he created:

Today, from somewhere still deep in the heart of his self-inflicted Twitter maelstrom, du Bouchet posted a couple of rather plaintive posts, pleading for some vague return to normalcy after his visit to the woodshed: