Madeleine Albright Hilariously Burns Conan O’Brien on Twitter: “Never Get Into a Word War With a Diplomat”

Madeleine Albright Throws Shade at Conan O'Brien
Madeleine Albright hilariously burned Conan O'Brien on Twitter, telling him to "never get into a word war with a diplomat" -- read their exchange here! Petr Topic/isifa/Getty Images; Pascal Le Segretain/AdB/French Select/Getty Images

Zing! Madeleine Albright put Conan O'Brien in his place via Twitter after the late-night comedian joked that he planned to be a "slutty" version of the former Secretary of State for Halloween on Thursday, Oct. 23.

Albright, 77, who describes herself as a "Grateful American, Czech immigrant, mother & grandmother, fmr SecState, passionate democrat, author, prof, bizwoman, pin collector, & occasional drummer," revealed she has a secret artillery of jokes tucked away under her power blazer.

The comic reacted to Albright's sharp response (which came less than 30 minutes after his initial tweet) on Twitter several hours later. His follow-up prompted yet another hilarious response from the first-ever woman to serve the country as Secretary of State. Naturally, it came with a few words of wisdom.

Their verbal sparring ended when O'Brien conceded to Albright.

She made peace with the late-night host, too, and accepted his defeat by adding that she was still on #TeamCoco.

Albright's real-life story as part of the Clinton administration inspired the premise of CBS' new TV show Madam Secretary, starring Tea Leoni. The actress told Parade magazine last month what attracted her to the role. "I put [the script] down thinking, I’ll regret it if I don’t do this," she said. "She’s a different kind of woman than we’ve ever seen on television or in politics."

To prepare for the tough political character, Leoni met with Albright. "I had a great breakfast with Madeleine Albright," she told the mag. "Facing sexism as the first woman in that job, she told me things I’ll take to the grave. She did say that although there was a concern about sending a woman to negotiate in areas where women are not revered or educated, 'All the trouble I had was here, never over there.'"

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