Jay Leno The Tonight Show Exit Apologizes Jimmy Kimmel – Deadline

Jay Leno The Tonight Show Exit Apologizes Jimmy Kimmel – Deadline

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The late-night drama involving Jay Leno remains to be being mentioned.

Leno stopped by Invoice Maher’s Membership Random podcast and his outdated buddy introduced up the controversy surrounding his exit from The Tonight Show.

Leno left The Tonight Show in Could 2009 and was changed by Conan O’Brien, a deal that had been 5 years within the making, and Leno moved to 10pm with The Jay Leno Show.

Nonetheless, neither present carried out effectively within the rankings and after a number of backwards and forwards O’Brien left and Leno returned to The Tonight Show till 2014.

Chatting with Maher, Leno stated it was by no means his intention to “intentionally sabotage” The Tonight Show hosted by O’Brien, an accusation that has been made. “It doesn’t work that manner. You’re attempting to do the very best you may,” he stated.

Requested why he stayed at NBC somewhat than transferring to a different community, Leno stated, “Typically the czar you might have is best than the one you’re going to”. “Then you might have your outdated group capturing at you as effectively. I simply figured let’s simply play this out and see what occurs. This all occurred pretty shortly,” he added.

Nonetheless, one other issue was ABC and Jimmy Kimmel. In 2008, Leno mentioned transferring to ABC, one thing then ABC Leisure President Steve McPherson admitted publicly.

This is able to have meant pushing again Jimmy Kimmel Reside! from midnight to 12:35am.

Leno did communicate to Kimmel, who was theoretically pleased with the concept, trusting that he would get a greater lead in than Nightline. Nonetheless, Kimmel has stated that Leno by no means referred to as him again to let him know that he was staying at ABC.

“I suppose I ought to have referred to as Jimmy and defined to him once more, however I didn’t. I don’t know why I didn’t. I simply didn’t. I believed he in all probability would determine it out. However I feel possibly he was harm by that, and I apologized to him for that,” added Leno.

The You Guess Your Life host added that he thought Kimmel was “actually humorous” and did an ideal job internet hosting the Oscars. “It’s simply a type of awkward conditions the place he was an enormous Letterman man and when Letterman didn’t get The Tonight Show, by some means it was my fault. I feel he resented that and I get that. However, Dave by no means had The Tonight Show,” he added.

Leno additionally addressed a altering world the place linear rankings for late-night reveals are dramatically decrease than when he was within the house.

“The hardest factor about late night time now’s that the commercials. You recognize, you get used to streaming and watching Netflix and I’m going ‘Let me see what the blokes are doing.’ I’m going, ‘One other business?’ I imply, there’s a nine-minute break at 12am to 12:09am on virtually all of the reveals. After 11pm at night time you may add extra commercials so…,” he stated.

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