Jimmy Kimmel and Jay Leno have an interesting history. In the midst of the internal tensions at NBC that ended with Conan O’Brien leaving the network and a roughed-up Leno returning to The Tonight Show, Kimmel did a whole show pretending to be Leno in amazing mock fashion. Leno publicly took it in good fun and invited Kimmel on his then-primetime show to share a few laughs. But that spectacularly backfired when Kimmel spent a lot of his time ripping into Leno.
Well, this past August, when asked about the newer shakeups in late night, Leno said that Kimmel is funny but has a “mean streak,” which he thinks is a problem because kindness is an important late night quality.
And then earlier this month, Leno said this about Kimmel:
“He comes from radio… where you find some enemy and then you make up a phony battle. I never had any problems with the guy, but he chose to go after me. And that’s fine, welcome to show business.”
Jay Leno recently said that your comedy had a mean streak. What do you think about that?
Well, we know that Jay only does nice things for people — for his competitors. I can understand how he would feel that way. If there’s one thing he is, it’s nice 100 percent of the time.
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