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Jimmy Kimmel: F--- Jay Leno!
By RAPHAEL CHESTANG
August 28, 2012
He may bring in the most viewers, but America's most popular late-night host still can't seem to win over his contemporaries.
According to xfinity.com, Jimmy Kimmel had only two words to say about Jay Leno while on stage at the 92nd Street Y in NYC on Monday night: "F--- him."
In the interview, conducted by Bill Carter (author of The Late Shift and The War for Late Night), the ABC talk-show host went on to describe his disparaging impressions of Leno as "the most fun [he's] ever had on [his] show." These impersonations came during the infamous battle between Leno and Conan O'Brien, resulting in Leno taking back the reins of The Tonight Show.
According to Jimmy, things weren't always so hostile between the two rivals. In fact, Jimmy says that they carried on a friendship, but that their bond was ultimately disingenuous.
On Tuesday, ABC announced that it will bump up Jimmy Kimmel Live from its midnight time slot to 11:35, putting him in direct competition with The Tonight Show and Late Show with David Letterman. Let the games begin!