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KIMMEL ON LENO: “F*** HIM!”

August 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The late-night wars may become more heated in January when ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel goes head-to-head against NBC’s Jay Leno at 11:35 p.m. nightly. Interviewed by the New York Times‘s media writer Bill Carter at a public forum in New York Monday night, Kimmel said that the proudest moment of his career came when he appeared on Leno’s 10:00 p.m. show after it was canceled and shortly before Leno returned to hosting the Tonight show, reclaiming it from Conan O’Brien. When Leno asked him then, “What was the best prank you ever pulled?” Kimmel replied, “I think the best prank I ever pulled was I told a guy that five years from now I’m going to give you my show, and then when the five years came, I gave it to him and then I took it back almost instantly!” Kimmel told Carter that he and Leno haven’t spoken since then. He did describe his lifelong admiration for David Letterman, whom, he said, he has idolized since he was a teenager. But when Carter asked, “How about Jay Leno?” Kimmel shot back, “F*** him.”