Jay Leno The Tonight Show Exit apologizes to Jimmy Kimmel – Deadline
The late night drama involving Jay Leno is still under discussion.
Leno stopped at Bill Maher’s Random club podcast and his old friend spoke about the controversy surrounding his exit from The show tonight.
Leno is gone The show tonight in May 2009 and was replaced by Conan O’Brien, a deal that had lasted five years, and Leno moved to 10 p.m. with The Jay Leno Show.
However, neither show performed well in the ratings and after many back and forths O’Brien left and Leno returned to The show tonight until 2014.
Speaking to Maher, Leno said he never intended to ‘deliberately sabotage’ The show tonight hosted by O’Brien, an accusation that has been made. ” It does not work like that. You try to do your best,” he said.
When asked why he stayed with NBC rather than moving to another network, Leno replied, “Sometimes the czar you have is better than the one you go to.” “Then your old team also shoots you. I just thought let’s play this and see what happens. It all happened pretty quickly,” he added.
However, another factor was ABC and Jimmy Kimmel. In 2008, Leno discussed his move to ABC, which Steve McPherson, then president of ABC Entertainment, publicly admitted.
That would have meant pushing back Jimmy Kimmel Live! from midnight to 12:35 a.m.
Leno spoke to Kimmel, who was theoretically on board with the idea, confident he would get a better lead than night line. However, Kimmel said Leno never called him back to let him know he was staying at ABC.
“I guess I should have called Jimmy and explained to him again, but I didn’t. I don’t know why I didn’t. I didn’t. I thought that he was probably going to figure it out. But I think he may have been hurt by it, and I apologized to him for that,” Leno added.
The You bet your life the host added that he thought Kimmel was “really funny” and did a great job hosting the Oscars. “It’s just one of those sticky situations where he was a huge Letterman guy and when Letterman didn’t get it The show tonight somehow it was my fault. I think he wanted some and I understand. But, Dave never had The show tonight, he added.
Leno also addressed a changing world where linear ratings for late-night shows are dramatically lower than he had when he was in space.
“The hardest thing about late night now is the commercials. You know, you get used to streaming and watching Netflix and I’m like, ‘Let me see what the guys are up to.’ I’ll, ‘Another advertisement?’ I mean, there’s a nine-minute break from 12:00 a.m. to 12:09 a.m. on almost every show. After 11 p.m. at night, you can add more commercials so…” he said.