Late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel stepped into NBC’s late-night fray on Jay Leno‘s turf, taking comic aim at him and NBC on The Jay Leno Show.
Appearing by satellite Thursday for Leno’s “Ten at Ten” question-and-answer segment, the ABC late-night host was asked to relate his best prank ever. Kimmel replied that he told a guy five years ago that he’d give him his show, and “then I took it back.”
It was a thinly veiled reference to Leno’s agreement in 2004 to surrender The Tonight Show to O’Brien in 2009, after 17 years as host.
NBC, which is ending Leno’s prime-time show, wants to return him to 11:30 p.m. ET by bumping O’Brien and Tonight to midnight, a plan O’Brien has rejected. The network was in talks with both hosts. More…