The always classy Jimmy Fallon isn’t taking sides in the Conan/Leno debacle. Sadly, that same graciousness hasn’t rubbed off on Jay and Conan themselves. NBC’s dueling men of late night seem to be turning on each other. There was a certain snippiness to the monologues of each man Wednesday, a day after O’Brien said he wasn’t willing to move The Tonight Show back a half-hour to make way for Leno.
“Seven months!” Leno exclaimed on last night’s show, biting back at Conan’s complaint that he was only given seven months to create a lasting audience for his show. “How did he get that deal? We only got four.”
O’Brien directed the sarcasm back at Leno, saying: “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.”