Kroft on Leno: ‘They’re Forcing Him Out While He’s a Solid No. 1′

By Chris Ariens Comment

Steve Kroft’s interview with Jay Leno for “60 Minutes” last night comes 22 years after Kroft’s first interview with the NBC late night host, when Leno took over “The Tonight Show” from Johnny Carson. What’s changed in those 22 years?

“[H]is life has changed very little,” Kroft says. “He’s a creature of habit… he tells jokes, he writes jokes, he goes to his antique car garage, and he watches television with his wife, Mavis.”

“He’s done everything that NBC has asked him to, and they’ve tried to fire him twice,” says Kroft. “And now they’re forcing him out while he’s a solid No. 1.”

Meanwhile, on the “Today” show this morning, Matt Lauer talked with Leno and with Jimmy Fallon, who will be taking over “The Tonight Show” on Feb. 17.