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Monday, January 27th, 2014

Jay Leno Talks Conan O'Brien, Jimmy Fallon, and His Future on '60 Minutes'


Last night, 60 Minutes aired the above Tonight Show exit interview with Jay Leno. Highlights include Leno jokingly considering a History Channel show, his wife Mavis getting really mad about that whole Conan thing, and this exchange with Steve Kroft:

You would've preferred to stay.
Well it's always nice to keep working, sure it is. But am I extremely grateful? Yes. Do I understand the circumstances? Yes, of course.

This is the part I don't understand. I mean you're still #1.
Well I think because you have talented people who will only wait so long before they get another opportunity, you don't want to lose that opportunity. That makes sense to me. And I thought Jimmy's been extremely gracious and polite.

You said all of the same things exactly about Conan.
Huh? Did I say the same things? Yeah, probably — well maybe I did. Well, we'll see what happens. [laughs]