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Conan and Colbert face off in the battle of masturbating bears

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If you’re going to stake a claim on the origin of a joke, you better be able to prove that you were there first.

The other night, Stephen Colbert did a story on bears in hammocks, gay bears, and a promiscuous bear in his “ThreatDown” segment, complete with several clips, one of which featured a bear masturbating.

Later on, he claimed to be the first person to show such a clip on television.

But when you make such a bold, tongue-in-cheek claim, there’s bound to be someone to dispute it—like the very person who’s featured a masturbating bear on his TV shows for close to 20 years.

Word of Colbert’s stunt made its way to Conan O’Brien, and needless to say, he wasn’t happy. His own Masturbating Bear was on his deathbed despite doctors’ best efforts.

But, like many stories, this one has a happy ending—in more ways than one.

Photo via Team Coco