Jerry Seinfeld Defends Leno, Criticizes Conan

By Andrew Gauthier 

The Hollywood Reporter

Jerry Seinfeld defended NBC’s late-night stumbles and said the network’s up-and-back on Conan O’Brien hasn’t wounded the talk-show host.

Seinfeld compared “The Jay Leno Show” at 10 p.m. to the vilified AOL/Time Warner deal noting, if you replace “AOL” with “Google” and advance the date to today, suddenly the deal doesn’t look too bad.


“It was the right idea at the wrong time,” Seinfeld said. “I also think this was the right idea at the wrong time. I’m proud that NBC had the guts to try something.”

Asked what he would do if he was Conan O’Brien and NBC had seemingly broken its promise to let him become the network’s premium late-night host, Seinfeld suggested he wouldn’t complain.

“What did the network do to him?” Seinfeld asked. More…