12/23/2010 08:20 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Conan Apologizes To Jimmy Kimmel For Sarah Palin 'Rudolph' Segment

Conan issued a special online apology to Jimmy Kimmel Wednesday evening after airing a segment that showed Sarah Palin shooting Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer--the same clip Team Kimmel played on their show two weeks earlier.

"The staff member responsible for the piece has been fired," Conan quipped, "and we hear he's been immediately rehired at Jimmy Kimmel. So it all worked out."

In an effort to "clear the palate," he went on to play a commercial for mistletoe that, he assured viewers, "I promise I don't think anybody's ever done anything like this, and probably for good reason." Check out the apology and the hilarious skit that follows below.