SR Pick (Video): Kimmel Blasts Leno & Conan Sells The Tonight Show

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 9:25 am,

kimmel leno SR Pick (Video): Kimmel Blasts Leno & Conan Sells The Tonight Show

Earlier this week, Jimmy Kimmel hosted his show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, costumed as Jay Leno. He donned some Leno makeup (big chin, skunk hair) and proceeded to mock Jay Leno, his show, his jokes and his ability as a talk show host to last for an entire hour. While most would expect Leno to stay mum about such events, the geniuses at The Jay Leno Show thought that they’d made a “bit” out of it and invited Kimmel on (via satellite) for a 10@10 (10 questions at 10 o’clock). With Kimmel being up for anything, he quickly agreed and it’s safe to say… NBC had no idea it would turn out the way it did.

After the first three questions, “What’s the secret to doing a good Jay Leno impression?,” “What is the worst idea your writers have ever pitched you?” and “Who’s the worst guest you’ve ever interviewed?,” you could tell that Kimmel was getting bored of the fifth grader line of questioning and decided to spice up his responses for the last six questions.

It wasn’t until Kimmel answered the fifth question, “What’s the best prank you ever pulled?,” that you knew ABC’s late-night staple was pulling no punches. After giving a quick quip about painting his aunt’s house pink and green, Kimmel threw out this zinger…

“I think the best prank I ever pulled was; I told a guy that 5 years from now I’m going to give you my show and then when the 5 years came, I gave it to him and then I took it back almost instantly. It was hilarious.”

Leno attempted to laugh off the statement, but as the questioning continued with “Ever order anything off the TV?” and Jimmy countered, “like NBC ordered your show off the TV?,” Leno soon realized that maybe this wasn’t the best idea.

Still, the questioning continued and while Kimmel somewhat answered his questions, he never hesitated to stick it to the big-chinned host.

To give Leno credit, you could tell his writing staff thought up a “zinger” for the tenth question. In case you don’t have a chance to watch the video, I’d like to present the “zinger” to you as an example of the hilariousness that The Jay Leno Show creates.

(Multiple Choice) You came on to 10@10 because:

A. You’re a fan of innovative satellite technology
B. You’re promoting your own show
C. You want to keep me happy in case I switch to ABC

With a slide from the bass player, you could tell that was Leno’s punch line. Although, I don’t think Jay expected Jimmy to respond in the way he did.

What’s that? You want to know what he said?

Well, you’re just going to have to watch the video below.

While some are saying that Kimmel destroyed Leno, the only thing I’m saying is, “Why did this happen in the first place?” I don’t get why Kimmel was on Leno – sure, Kimmel did do a Leno impersonation for an entire episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, but that doesn’t really require Leno to have him on his show. Does it?

If it was so important to have Kimmel on the show, why was Leno asking him questions that nobody cares about? Leno could have done something hilarious or edgy, but instead he kept with his usual mediocre line of questioning. What’s your best prank? Really Jay? Is this some kind of small market morning zoo-type show where they “heard” that the person being interviewed loves to pull pranks on people?

It’s embarrassing, Jay. Not only for you, but for your audience. If this is what you think your audience likes and what you’re happy to give them, you’re going to have a shock when you return to The Tonight Show and find that the audience that was lost by Conan is never coming back.

Not to be left out in the cold, Conan is making his own “arrangements” for the future of his show by turning to Craigslist.

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PHEWW… That’s alot of late-night drama. The crazy thing is that this is only the tip of the iceberg. As each day passes, the jokes between Conan and Leno get much more personal and with Conan’s last day looking to be next Friday, who knows what’s going to happen.

I’d love to write more, but I’m all late-night’d out. I’ll leave it up to you, in the comments. Did Kimmel go to far? Why did Leno have him on in the first place? If Kimmel didn’t stick it to Jay, would the bit have been interesting to you?

Let’s hear it!

Source: Hollywood Reporter & Craigslist

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  1. Why in the world would Jay Leno bring Jimmy Kimmel on like that. Man, talk about a dumb move.

  2. wow.. the end of nbc..

    and kimmel just gained a fan lol. i still liked his other show better ( the man show ).

    im still a primary conan fan though and hope hes not out for too long.

  3. It's about ratings and the more controversy the more people watch. Jay is showing that he can take a punch or four. The audience seemed to like it so it was a good spot. This clip is all over the net so it was a good spot. Excerpts will be all over the place. I don't watch talk shows so other than the whole train wreck scenario I don't care too much.

  4. My goodness. That last part was ridiculous. Go JIMMY! Jay, retire.

  5. I think Jay had Jimmy on thinking he (Jay) would be in control of everything and it would make him look like a decent guy who can take a joke. I'm betting he still thinks of himself as the “king of late night” so Jimmy would play it down some for Jay's audience. This right here is proof that Jay isn't the “king” anymore and I really don't think he'll do much better in the numbers than Conan was getting. This will all be egg on NBC's face in the end I believe.

  6. Leno is such a turd

  7. I'm a fan of both guys, but I still think it's Conan's show. The torch was passed on. Jay should move on and do a car show.

  8. Wow, good thinking on Jay's part. How did he NOT see this coming? It was still freaking hilarious though.

  9. Leno is 1000% funnier than O'Brien. When I heard a few years ago that O'Brien was going to replace Leno in the spring of '09, I thought “What are these NBC execs thinking?” Bottom line…if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Leno was doing fine on “The Tonight Show.” Conan takes over, and the ratings tank…DUH!!! Whoever orchestrated this fiasco (Zucker) should be fired!

  10. Conan hasnt even been on for a year with the Tonight show, give him a bit of a break, he needs to attract a bit of a different audience. With Leno's time spot Leno should be getting more viewers but hes not, i think its Leno who is having the problem not Conan. Granted i agree the NBC execs have no idea what is going on with their station. Right now the only things they have going is Community and Chuck. They lost big when they let Southland go.

  11. I've always enjoyed Leno (and Conan) – it's just really surprising that he's not bowing out. Wasn't the primetime slot sort-of a quasi-retirement anyway? Like to take the pressure of a more rigorous “Tonight Show” schedule off his back?

    Now he's back on the Tonight Show with the an ocean of confused fans – a pretty steep uphill battle.

    I understand why Leno's been quiet – what other strategy could he possibly employ? He knows it's a lousy situation but for some reason is going to let Conan get steam-rolled anyway.

  12. I'm sure he knew Kimmel was going to zing him a few times (and would be surprised if it wasn't talked about ahead of time).

    The controversy is good for everyone's ratings – even Leno's.

  13. Well, let's be honest. This is a sign of just how financially desperate NBC has gotten these days. Back when Leno started, he also tanked, getting regularly stomped by Letterman. NBC was willing to give Leno time to build his following. It's pretty sad that NBC won't give Conan the same kind of faith. He did a good job improving his previous late night show; his start as a host on that program was just awful. NBC should have given him more time, but these days, they obviously can't afford it. That's too bad. Conan seems like a good guy.

  14. I'm not a Conan fan but even I can see that he was given the shaft by NBC, 7 months just is not enough time for a talk show to gain its audience, bottom line is though, I just don't think Conan is very funny, amusing maybe, funny, no.

  15. I always say, when there's a problem, look to who profits by it. For example: Who used condoms before A.I.D.S.? No one did-we had the pill and that was it-but now Trojans,etc. are big business. It smacks of conspiracy theory perhaps, but there might be truth in it. Now everyone is tuning into all of the late night shows (including Kimmel) to see what the fuss is. So, if Leno does the right thing and backs off, Conan and Kimmel will definitely have new audiences as a result. Maybe Leno decided to retire and is taking one for the team.

  16. I gotta say, I'm suprised by all the anger at Leno. It seems to me, if Conan had this much public support in the beginning when he needed it, he wouldn't be in trouble now. Then again, I think Fergusion would have been a better fit for the Tonight Show, but that's just me.

  17. I gotta say, I'm suprised by all the anger at Leno. It seems to me, if Conan had this much public support in the beginning when he needed it, he wouldn't be in trouble now. Then again, I think Fergusion would have been a better fit for the Tonight Show, but that's just me.

  18. Jay Leno’s getting destroyed on the internet, and it’s not right. He didn’t “take the show away from Conan”, he’s had consistently higher ratings than Conan for years and when Conan proved he couldn’t compare, NBC gave the show back to him. What was he gonna do, say no thanks? Conan lost his shot. It was his own fault. Conan fans, stop smearing Leno. The guy doesn’t deserve it.