Instead I’ll just say that Jay Leno is a dick, and here’s the evidence:
- Jay is always the victim (NBC bullied him into leaving the TS, Jimmy Kimmel “sucker-punched” him)
- Jay is a martyr (the media is portraying him “unfairly”, he called the affiliates to apologize for the low ratings)
- Jay is a liar (he said he was retiring but he wasn’t actually planning on it)
- Jay is a hero (not being “selfish” by quitting because he didn’t want his staff to be unemployed)
- Jay is underhanded (continually pointing out Conan’s low TS ratings without ever acknowledging his show’s shitty ratings were a terrible lead-in that cost Conan viewers)
- Jay is never accountable (Conan’s disappointment “has nothing to do with me”)
- Jay is obnoxious (claiming he doesn’t believe Oprah’s decision to retire, but “believes that you believe it”)
- Jay is clueless (“I’m not sure what I could have done differently”)
In short, he sucks.
He also got in several passive-aggressive digs at Conan by portraying his acceptance to go back to TS as a noble, unselfish way of keeping his staff employed. Which to me not-so-subtly implied that Conan, by taking a stand against NBC, cost his own staff their jobs. That’s right Jay, getting multi-millions of dollars to go back to a job you didn’t want to leave in the first place was all about the little people.
And the cherry on top of the sundae of this nonsense was his absolute gall to quote Conan’s heartfelt “don’t be cynical” speech from his last show! It is hard to believe Leno has gotten away with this “Aw shucks, Mr. Nice Guy” image for so long when he’s now revealing what David Letterman has been hitting at for weeks: he ain’t that nice.
I’ll let Kimmel and Letterman provide insight:
Dave’s awesome “This is Vintage Jay” speech