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Jay Leno Rejects the Idea That He ‘Deliberately Sabotaged’ Conan O’Brien’s ‘Tonight Show’

Jay Leno can not seem to depart “The Tonight Present” behind.

The previous late night time host mentioned the controversy surrounding his exit — and eventual return — to the famed chat present in an interview on Invoice Maher’s “Membership Random” podcast July 31.

Leno left “The Tonight Present” after 17 years in 2009, paving the way in which for Conan O’Brien to be his successor. On the time, Leno moved from his ordinary 11:35 p.m. time slot to an earlier, hour-long present at 10:00 p.m. on the identical community. Nonetheless, after each reveals faltered, Leno returned as host of “The Tonight Present” in 2010, the place he remained till 2014.

On the time, many followers accused Leno of stealing O’Brien’s thunder given their notoriously rocky relationship. Nonetheless, addressing claims that he “intentionally sabotaged” O’Brien’s model of “The Tonight Present,” Leno argued that simply wasn’t the case.

“That does not work,” Leno informed Maher. “It would not work that means. You try to do the perfect you may and it did not work.”

Superstar Imply Tweets From “Jimmy Kimmel Reside!”

Whereas Leno stopped wanting apologizing to O’Brien, he did provide up condolences to Jimmy Kimmel.

As he was getting ready to go away “The Tonight Present,” Leno stated he acquired presents from a number of networks, together with Kimmel’s dwelling at ABC. On the time, he referred to as Kimmel to see how he would really feel about Leno becoming a member of the community, which meant “Jimmy Kimmel Reside!” could be pushed again to 12:35 a.m. as an alternative.

Leno stated Kimmel agreed, however he by no means adopted up with him after he determined to remain at NBC — which he now regrets.

“I suppose I ought to have referred to as Jimmy and defined to him once more, however I did not,” Leno stated. “I do not know why I did not. I simply did not. I assumed he most likely would determine it out. However I feel perhaps he was damage by that, and I apologize to him for that.”

Leno’s final episode of “The Tonight Present” aired in February 2014. The present has been hosted by Jimmy Fallon ever since.

He now hosts the syndicated sport present “You Wager Your Life,” alongside former “Tonight Present” sidekick Kevin Eubanks, which airs in syndication all through the nation.

E!, this tv station and “The Tonight Present Starring Jimmy Fallon” are all a part of the NBCUniversal household.

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