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The Only Quote That Matters in That 60 Minutes / Jay Leno Interview

"You said all of the same things, exactly, about Conan."

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So 60 Minutes aired its full Steve Kroft exit interview with Jay Leno Sunday night, and as the program has been doing lately with Amazon, the NSA, the dubious Benghazi whistleblower, et al., it pretty much let Leno give his side of the story unchallenged. He talked about being pushed aside by NBC for younger Late Night host Conan O’Brien (it was terrible!) and being pushed aside by NBC for younger Late Night host Jimmy Fallon (it’s totally fine!).

But there was one slight bit of pushback by Kroft on Leno’s talk about his latest replacement, which is essentially the only part of the interview worth close attention if you’re interested in Leno’s actual thoughts on the matter:

STEVE KROFT: You said all of the same things, exactly, about Conan.

JAY LENO: Huh? Did I say the same things? Yeah, prob–well, maybe I did, yeah. Well, we’ll see what happens. [LAUGH]

Ha, ha, ha! Yes, we’ll see. I wrote about this at more length on Friday and you’re welcome to go back and read it, but in a nutshell:

Jay’s saying nice things now (he’s even going on the Today show with Fallon to say more of them). But don’t forget that, when NBC first started readying to replace him with Fallon, he was calling its executives “snakes.” Don’t assume that Jay’s A-OK with being pushed out now. And don’t assume that he’s gone for good, if anyone presents him a reasonable alternative TV gig. (Yes, he did tell Kroft that he wouldn’t launch a competing late-night show. He also once said The Jay Leno Show would probably be the last TV show he did. There are other channels, other time slots, and, well… things change.)

So what’s different now from 2009? NBC has handled the PR much better. So far. We’ll see what happens! [LAUGH]

11 comments
DariaL
DariaL

I have great respect for Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon. I saw the interview and he is trying to be supportive to Jimmy but really doesn't care about NBC. I can't blame him for that after they repeatedly showed a lack of respect for him by replacing him when he was getting #1 ratings. No other network would make the same mistake twice. NBC has so few hits that it amazes me how unsupportive they are of the ones that are succeeding. Ann Curry on The Today Show is another example of them making a foolish decision and wrecking a good show. They also still kept her on the network and I can only imagine how uncomfortable that is for her. They don't learn.


NJR
NJR

I personally preferred Dave Lettermans' writers to Jay Leno's writers. I believe that Lettermans' writers did not write for the dumbest lowbrow denomination. With that being said; Leno has maintained the top ratings spot more often than not; and I think his remarks were  those of a GENTLEMAN while still being candid. Leno maintains an admirable sense of self presence.

obummer
obummer

Fallon can now laugh at himself earlier in the evening, wow - big deal, huh?

GeeDee
GeeDee

Perhaps he's just a gentleman at heart.

KTgrrl
KTgrrl

He got screwed? Unbelievable. He’s clearly delusional. His  show,  that’s never been anything more than background noise for old people having sex was on for 22 years! He’s got nothing to whine about and his attempts at playing the victim are shallow and transparent. Throw in the passive aggressive humor and catty sarcastic undertones and he comes off as anything but sympathetic. I've never found him to be likable but he’s nauseating in this interview. I’m not a huge fan of Jimmy Fallon but I am glad to see him go. I just hope he’s stays in oblivion. 

StevenTyler
StevenTyler

All it shows is that Jay is either a dishonest, spineless bore or an emotionless, detached robot who says everyone is great and then would screw them over without a second thought. Maybe its both

NewLarryKing
NewLarryKing

That quote has no importance whatsoever. What's different from 2009 is Leno has no options, and he knows it. Anybody paying attention knows it.

Jbkulp
Jbkulp

@KTgrrl And we hope you do too moron.  He's been the number 1 late night show for years, routinely beating everyone else.  Which shows lots more than old people watch him.  No one cares if you do.