We are quickly learning one thing at the moment when it comes to Jay Leno — the guy does not have too many friends in the world of broadcasting. David Letterman has made his feelings for the “Tonight Show” host known time and time again ever since he first ended up moving to CBS from NBC, and Howard Stern took his war against him to a new level last week when he referred to him as a “maggot” on his radio show.
Now, you can add Jimmy Kimmel to the list. In an interview that was done in New York this week by famed New York Times writer and late-night historian Bill Carter (per XFinity), the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” host said “f— him” when asked for his thoughts on Leno. He also recalled the last time he spoke to Leno which was when he went on his primetime show back in 2010 and proceeding to bash and mock him on the air for taking “The Tonight Show” back after NBC became unhappy with the Conan O’Brien’s performance as host in terms of ratings:
“It was probably my proudest moment … People, it turns out, really don’t like Jay Leno. We have not spoken since that time.”
You can see the stunt that Kimmel pulled by checking out the video below — complete with the sudden look of despair on Jay’s face as he realized what was happening on his own show.
Kimmel also had some kind things to say about Letterman during this interview, once again reiterating that the host was his personal idol growing up, and now the two are going to start competing directly against each other when “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” shifts to its 11:35 p.m. Eastern time slot beginning in January. Before that Kimmel has a high-profile gig hosting the Primetime Emmy Awards next month.
What do you think about Kimmel’s new comments? If you want to check out more about his move to 11:35, be sure and read the story here.