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What You Missed Last Night: Kimmel takes apart Leno on Leno's own show

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 15th 2010 9:01AM
This was very satisfying to watch. Jimmy Kimmel appeared on The Jay Leno Show last night to do the "10@10" segment, just a couple of days after impersonating Leno on an entire Jimmy Kimmel Live episode. Did Kimmel pull any punches? No way. In fact, some of his barbs were really cutting, and if I can read people, he wasn't really kidding and Leno wasn't happy.

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Um... some people are saying "good for Jay" for booking Kimmel despite his impression of Jay and exhibiting "good humor" when Kimmel let him have it. However, Leno's expression and body language told a different story. I'm not an expert, but there were many times when he looked down at the cards unnecessarily, which made him seem embarrassed. His laugh, although genuine in the beginning, sounded forced near the end of the bit.

I think he knew Kimmel would make a few cracks, but I don't think he expected the full-ripping he received.

January 15 2010 at 10:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe stalin

So no one from Hollywood and no Democrat politicians? Well that would be kind of dull. But seeing how craptacular Letterman has become I guess it might work out.

January 15 2010 at 4:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh, please. Bread and circuses. Leno knew exactly what the possibilities were. This is work to these guys, not a spitting match on some grade school playground.

They're all big boys who've spent many years going around the show business block, they've got skin three times thicker than a rhino's hide and this is all just part of the gig.

This kind of thing keeps the buzz going and lets the peanut galleries on either side titter and get all jazzed up with their t-shirts and twitter avatars. Meanwhile the parties involved gas about all of it to each other on cell phone calls over steaks at Peter Luger's and roasted duck breast at Spago, At the end of the day everybody has the real combatants, their agents and lawyers, cut the best deal they can, and they retire to their very comfortable homes and continue to collect their seven and eight figure salaries.

January 15 2010 at 1:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


January 15 2010 at 12:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hollywood Ron

Wow, that was brutal. Jay got crushed, but... in a weird way, I respect him for taking one on the chin like that, especially once it was clear that Kimmel wasn't going to make nice.

January 15 2010 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I wonder if the booking agent on The Jay Leno Show is on "Team Conan", because I would avoid booking ANYONE who:

Is connected to Late Night shows in anyway;
Is a comedian;
Has morals;
Has a conscience.

January 15 2010 at 12:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jonathan Toomey

Considering the pseudo-friendship these two developed during the WGA Strike, this is even funnier. Jay should have known what he was in for when this segment was booked. Brilliant.

January 15 2010 at 10:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This just shows how bad Leno is .. the guy is a robot. I got so much more respect for Jimmy after this .. that's a balls move to tell the truth on his show.

The best part for me was the audience laughing the whole time, and not booing and sticking up for Jay.. just priceless.

January 15 2010 at 10:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just Brilliant. Kimmel is pure class

January 15 2010 at 10:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I wonder if Leno is that clueless than Kimmel would not slam him. Maybe he figured he'd get better ratings letting Kimmel slam him than not having him on or cutting him off when it got to close to home.

January 15 2010 at 9:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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