Last night Jimmy Kimmel had the uncomfortable task of being a guest on “The Jay Leno Show.” The host appeared via satellite but still made Leno feel like crap from a distance. He gave Leno a good scolding regarding the whole NBC, late-night shake up and it was obvious after watching his segment that Kimmel is on Team Coco…
I always liked Jimmy Kimmel but I have a new respect for the man after watching him go toe to toe with Leno on his own turf. Leno couldn’t even say anything in his defense, when Kimmel gave him a one two punch of insults. He literally stood there and laughed it off, because no matter how inappropriate Kimmel’s comments may have been, they were the truth. He stood up for Conan and the institution of late night television in one swoop. Some of the most scathing exchanges from the interview came midway through the segment, and here are the highlights.
Leno asked Kimmel during his “10 at 10″ segment what is favorite prank was, “I told a guy that five years from now, I’m going to give you my show, and then I gave it to him and took it back almost instantly. I think he works at Fox or something now.”
The audience was filled with uncomfortable laughter and groans at this point, but Kimmel wasn’t stopping there. Leno went on to ask him if he ever ordered a show off the air and Kimmel replied, “You mean the way NBC ordered your show off the TV?”
When asked about strippers, Kimmel said, “I don’t like strippers because you have a phony relationship with them for money. Sort of like the way you and Conan were on ‘The Tonight Show’ together passing the torch? You know what I’m saying.”
And the final pie in the face was when Kimmel called out Leno on his greed. He stated,
“Listen Jay, Conan and I have children,” he said. “All you have to take care of is cars. We have lives to lead here. You have $800 million. For God’s sake, leave our shows alone!”
He went for the jugular there, but isn’t everything he said true? There’s no way Leno could come back from that type of scathing and he didn’t. Kimmel has balls, and he told it like it was right in front of “The Jay Leno Show’s” audience. He’s probably made an enemy for life with Jay, but who cares. He kept it real.
Do you think Jimmy Kimmel was wrong for scolding Leno on his show? Did Leno deserve it?