Zing! Conan O'Brien Responds to Illegitimate Son Claim

Raechal Leone Shewfelt
Yahoo Celebrity

Most of the time, Conan O'Brien is telling jokes about the news. Except for the whole "Tonight Show" debacle, he's usually not in the news.

But even when he is in the headlines, you can count on the 50-year-old redhead to handle the situation with a one-liner, which is exactly what he did on Tuesday after a man claimed to be his illegitimate son.

Neve and Beckett are O'Brien's two school-age children with Liza, his wife since 2002. His other "son," Ronan, the newscaster son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, quickly retweeted the joke.

The two minute, tongue-in-cheek clip that sparked O'Brien's response features a definite Conan doppelganger, Temple University student Gregory Keating. In it, Keating, an advertising major, speaks directly to the camera in a video that was clearly meant to showcase his comedic chops.

Still, Keating told Boston Magazine in O'Brien’s hometown, that he's honestly curious whether he's the comedian’s offspring. As Keating explains in the video, his mother worked as a producer for the now defunct "NBC News at Sunrise" show in 1993 located at 30 Rock, NBC's famed headquarters in NYC, which was also the place where O'Brien filmed "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" beginning in 1993.

When asked if he really believes that he's O'Brien's son, Keating said that he "can't count it out." "I have been a Conan fan for a long time. When I was a child I didn't know who he was," Keating shared. "But as I grew older, I started looking like him more and more. You saw my hair, it just does that. It really just does that. Whenever I'm out, or at school, or a party, people come up to me and they always say, 'people probably tell you this all the time, but you look exactly like Conan O'Brien.' I started to introduce myself at parties as Greg O'Brien. I don't know if it's true, but it's funny to see the reaction when you tell people that."

Keating said he needed money for college in the clip, but he insisted to the magazine that financial gain is not his ultimate goal.

"No money. I don't need money," he said. "Well, I do need money, but that last line in the video was for comedic effect. This isn't a con or anything."