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Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Kimmel on Leno: "Fuck him."

Jimmy Kimmel does not mince words when it comes to his feelings on Jay Leno. When asked about the man he will soon be competing with head-to-head at a NY Times event last night, he responded thusly: "Fuck him." Didn't even need to stop and think about it.

On the one hand, it's kind of great that he wears his animosity towards the Chin on his sleeve. Leno is not funny and also has a history of fucking people over in order to get what he wants. On the other hand, basically everyone else who publicly hates Leno was burned by him in the past; mainly, Letterman and Conan. Leno's never really done anything to screw Kimmel over directly, so his public insults do reek a bit of grabbing for attention when he's moving up to 11:35. After all, it's not the most out there sentiment in the world, especially with savvy comedy fans that he'll want to win over to his show. But on the other, other hand, why am I to argue with such wisdom? He's right, after all.

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  • Nedders

    While his issues with Jay Leno are less public than the more famous beefs with Conan and Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel has every right to dislike Leno. The article implies that Leno never screwed Kimmel, but remember that Leno has: -stolen some of Kimmel's bits; -publicly implied on several occasions that he would consider moving to ABC as a negotiating tool; & -before the Prime Time Jay Leno Show debacle, was close to moving to ABC and bumping Kimmel from the network, all the while trying to establish a self-serving relationship with Kimmel to soften the blow. Only to drop it when it didn't serve him anymore.

  • kevinmarshall

    Yeah, as Nedders eluded to, there's a history there. He definitely used Kimmel for leverage under the pretense of camaraderie and ended up putting him in a pretty crappy situation. The War for Late Night lays it down pretty well (and is also an awesome read).

  • grovberg

    When did Conan publicly hate Leno?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Clayterman/100003738386730 Andrew Clayterman

      After the big chinned, unfunny, bastard had him axed from the Tonight Show.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Clayterman/100003738386730 Andrew Clayterman

    Blow it out your big chinned, unfunny ass.. you coat-tail riding schmuck!!

  • Ras Trent

    Leno-bashing is so lazy.