So how is this for a shocking development? Jay Leno may tell a variety of jokes on a number of different subjects, but there is one that he often chooses not to address in any form: David Letterman. The history between the two is pretty well-documented, dating decades back when Leno took over “The Tonight Show” following Johnny Carson’s stint, and Dave has at times found great joy at mocking both Leno and his former employer in NBC.
Well, there was a major change of pace on Friday’s edition of the late-night talk show, as Andy Cohan put Leno through one of his trademark games in “Plead the Fifth.” When asked what one of the biggest misconceptions was about him, he explained that it was that everyone thinks that he and Letterman actually hate each other:
“We started out together – he still makes me laugh. I spoke to him a month ago, we talked about things in TV and what not and what was going on here.”
Leno also insisted that he and Carson did exchange plenty of advice back when he was alive, even if he did not have the same relationship with him that Letterman did back when he hosted the “Late Night” show following the NBC hit. Now, Jay is preparing to say goodbye to “The Tonight Show” in February after a lengthy stint on the air, as Jimmy Fallon will be taking over his show. As for the replacement in the “Late Night” franchise, it will be none other than frequent “Saturday Night Live” “Weekend Update” host and writer Seth Meyers. He is already preparing for the gig, and the other good news with him is that there is not really any concern about whether or not he will be able to anchor the night or tell great jokes. He already does that on a weekly basis, even if it is for just a few minutes. (He also has a history already of talking with big personalities.)
What do you think about the responses here, and do you think that Jay and Dave really get along as well as the late-night host lets on? Be sure to share your thoughts below!