Every host in late night had an opinion on Conan O’Brien‘s Tonight Show upset yesterday, with fingers being pointed at Jay Leno — who had a quip or two of his own about the situation.
Conan’s opener featured 30 Rock‘s Kenneth the Page, in a skit that poked fun at the comedian’s short-lived run as Tonight Show host.
And introducing the show, Conan wasted no opportunities to joke about his failed stint. “Hosting The Tonight Show has been the fulfillment of a lifelong dream for me,” he told the audience.
“And I just want to say to the kids out there watching: You can do anything you want in life. Unless Jay Leno wants to do it too.
Still making light of his departure from the legendary talk show, he introduced himself as the guy who’s been practicing the phrase, “Who ordered the mochaccino grande?”
Meanwhile, Jay had some comments to make about the awkward situation in his own monologue.
“Nobody knows what is going on,” he told his audience. “Conan O’Brien, understandable, is very upset. He had a statement in the paper yesterday.
“Conan said NBC has only gave him seven months to make his show work. When I heard that… Seven months?! How did he get that deal? We only got four! Who’s his agent?”
He joked about the other late night names, who are gleefully exploiting the fracas: “All the late-night hosts are having great fun with this debacle,” he said.
“Last night, Jimmy Kimmel did his show dressed up as me. I was going to come out dressed as [him]…but I realized I do not have enough black shoe polish here at NBC to get my hair that dark.”
Jimmy announced in a skit on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, on Tuesday, “My name is Jay Leno and let it here on be known that I’m taking over all the shows in late night.”
However, over at CBS David Letterman ranted about the suits at NBC who employed him from 1980 for 13 years, calling them “the pinheads and the nitwits and the twits, and knuckle-draggers and the mouth-breathers.”
He said: “They wanted to avoid more bad feelings” with the latest passing of the torch. Dave added with typical irony. “Well, mission accomplished.”
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