Well, so much for Jay Leno trying to be cordial to his employer. After two days of staying relatively kind to NBC in his opening monologues, the host of “The Tonight Show” decided instead on Wednesday night to let the gloves come off when it comes to his feelings about NBC, who is reportedly looking to replace him with Jimmy Fallon as soon as the fall of 2014.
Of course, it makes some sense that it would be the network’s ratings that Leno would choose to go at, especially when you remember that he is actually one of the few examples of a man who is actually winning his timeslot on all of primetime. (That is, after all, one of the biggest ironies of this story.) With his first joke, Leno referenced the recent victories of both “The Voice” and “Revolution” in their return to TV earlier this week:
“Between Easter and Passover, this is truly the season of miracles. We’re No. 2! And I’ve been saying that for the last week, that NBC is a big number two.”
In addition to that, Leno also took a jab when talking about phone company T-Mobile getting rid of contracts, which is something that he claimed they “learned from NBC.” (This one was especially hilarious given that Leno’s current show is really owed in part to the network buying out Conan O’Brien as host of “The Tonight Show.”)
Are these jokes going to get Jay in trouble? We don’t really know anymore, mostly because he has somehow managed to get away with just about everything that he has said so far.
What do you think: is Jay being funny here, or really just over the line? If you want to hear what David Letterman recently had to say about all of this drama, you can do so over at the link here.