TV feuds are nothing new, as competitors between networks and entertainers has been round for so long as the medium has. And one of many biggest small screen rivalries of all time concerned late night time icons Jay Leno and David Letterman, which spawned the favored ebook The Late Shift (which later turned a made-for-HBO movie). Now that each Leno and Letterman retired from The Tonight Present and The Late Present, respectively, the mud has principally settled, and Leno can now step again and say that he by no means actually let Letterman’s insults each him over time. Why? As a result of they had been humorous. In his phrases:
I keep in mind I had this factor the place I’d go into the viewers and shake fingers after I got here out. At some point, I used to be watching Dave, and he steps in entrance of this huge Plexiglas wall and places his fingers by means of with two rubber gloves on and he is shaking fingers with folks. It was actually humorous. It was the precise reverse of what I do, and that was the joke. The one factor about Dave was, even when he was imply to me, it was humorous, and that is all that issues.
Now, it is actually doable that Jay Leno is talking solely in hindsight, and that he was extraordinarily pissed off again at any time when he noticed David Letterman greeting folks behind Plexiglas. However regardless, Leno can take a joke. In his Letterman-lauding publish for THR honoring the previous Late Present host for incomes his upcoming 2017 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, Leno says that if somebody calls him an “asshole,” that would not be the form of criticism that he would take kindly to. However that after humor will get introduced into it, that makes issues all of the extra acceptable. Cleverness all the time wins in my ebook.
Not that Jay Leno is essentially taking part in down the truth that the rivalry existed, or that it wasn’t as huge of a deal as folks made it out to be. He is aware of what occurred and he is aware of how folks reacted to all of the tales, in addition to those about his fallout with Conan O’Brien. However on the finish of the day, these had been tales about two males in related positions inside the very small circle of late night time TV, and even when they had been butting heads each night time after primetime TV was over, every was in a spot to grasp the opposite individual in a approach that nobody else essentially may. Such is the case with all comedians, actually, since they take a look at life in numerous methods than most individuals.
Here is what else Jay Leno needed to say about why, although they weren’t related in lots of different methods, that he and David Letterman may nonetheless see eye to eye.
The concept there was an enormous rift between me and Dave — yeah, after all there was. I feel Dave felt actually unhappy he did not get The Tonight Present. And our reveals had been very aggressive. Whether or not it is two sports activities groups, or two boxers, you possibly can trash discuss one another, but it surely does not imply you do not respect one another. I feel there was a mutual admiration. It is not that we’ve quite a bit in frequent — we do not — however I feel that we’ve a mutual admiration for one another’s capability to make one another snicker.
If solely all of the world’s rivals had been capable of get a chicken’s-eye-view of a state of affairs like that, then issues may not be fairly so harrowing on the market. (Effectively, they most likely nonetheless can be.) However for anybody hoping to see Jay Leno take offhanded swipes at David Letterman within the years after their late night time heydays, there’s solely disappointment to be discovered. Now, let’s have a look at if Letterman’s Mark Twain Prize acceptance speech gives up something juicy.
When you cannot see Jay Leno or David Letterman providing up nightly monologues anymore — Leno will nonetheless stop by The Tonight Show every so often, and Letterman does have a new Netflix show within the works — you possibly can catch a complete bunch of recent and returning reveals coming quickly by trying out our fall TV premiere schedule.