Jay Leno Expresses No Remorse For Conan O’Brien ‘Tonight Present’ Drama

A lot for discuss present host brotherhood.

“I can’t consider something I’d do completely different,” Leno instructed host Andy Cohen in a spherical of “Plead the Fifth” beneath:

In one of many messier moments in late-night present TV historical past, O’Brien changed Leno as host of “The Tonight Present” in 2009, and NBC gave Leno a brand new present at 10 p.m. However inside months, the community grew stressed due to the low rankings for each and pushed to maneuver Leno’s present to 11:35 p.m. and relegate “The Tonight Present with Conan O’Brien” to after midnight. O’Brien balked and NBC restored Leno to host “The Tonight Present.” O’Brien moved on to TBS (the place on Tuesday he unveiled a brand new half-hour format of “Conan.”)

Leno has been vilified by some for his reluctance to cede the highlight. However Leno recommended to Cohen that his changing O’Brien was out of his fingers.

“Look, they’re ratings-based reveals,” Leno mentioned. “Folks act prefer it’s your determination. ‘Properly, , I believe I’ll return.’ The community makes these selections. They resolve once you’re going to depart and so they resolve they need you to come back again. So there’s not so much completely different I might have accomplished.” 

Leno, who stayed on as host of “The Tonight Present” till 2014, had extra to say about one other notorious discuss present feud with David Letterman, as seen within the video beneath.