Leno Tells Oprah He Can’t Bring Himself to Call Conan

By Andrew Gauthier 


The two most-discussed talk-show hosts aren’t talking to each other, that is.

In his first interview since NBC’s recent late-night programming fiasco, Jay Leno told Oprah Winfrey that he hasn’t spoken to ousted Tonight Show host Conan O’Brien throughout the public-relations nightmare that ended with O’Brien’s Jan. 22 departure from NBC.


Leno, who will appear on Thursday’s Oprah Winfrey Show–filmed on the Jay Leno Show set in Burbank–told Winfrey he was tempted to reach out to O’Brien, but “it didn’t seem appropriate.”

Leno, who in March is set to return to the 11:35 p.m. program he hosted for 17 years, said he prefers to “let things cool down” before approaching his former NBC colleague, adding “maybe we’ll talk, you know.” More…