David Letterman won't give "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno a head start in the ratings -- he's canceled his vacation next week so the "Late Show" can air new programs.
Leno will return to the "Tonight Show" on March 1st with a star-studded lineup, but Letterman refuses to give him the upper-hand in their long-running feud for ratings.
This is how these things get started. Apparently, there were some police cars parked in front of Jay Leno's house yesterday, so TMZ went in to investigate, to see if everything was okay, and they got a glib response from the talk show host.
"The cops were at my house? When? Earlier today... oh... because of the murder!" said Leno.
There was filming in the area, so that's probably the real reason the police cars were there.
Or perhaps Jay's collecting squad cars now.
"The Jay Leno Show" ended Tuesday night after five months on the air, and Jay Leno got the axe from "The Apprentice" host, Donald Trump.
The show's guests included Ashton Kutcher, Gabourey Sidibe and Trump -- who appeared via satellite from New York to give Leno his infamous boardroom goodbye, "You're fired!"
In his final monologue, Leno said, "It seems like just yesterday I was telling NBC this was not going to work. This show was supposed to be on for two years, but we got five months for good behavior."
After the Winter Olympics, Leno will return to NBC in 11:35 PM spot.
All it took was a brief Super Bowl ad to end a late-night TV war!
On Monday night's "The Jay Leno Show," Jay Leno said, "Whatever happened in the last 18 years disappeared" when he sat down with David Letterman to film their surprise Super Bowl ad last week.
"He was very gracious," Leno said Monday. "We talked about the old days. We told some jokes. It was really good to see him."
"No matter what animosity there is between comedians, a good joke is a good joke," Leno said.
Letterman also joked in his "Late Show" monologue about the Super Bowl spot. "People really thought this was big-time stuff, so I just want to take a second here now to thank the actors who played Oprah and also Jay Leno," he said. "They did a tremendous job."
Last week, Leno took a day off from his show to fly to New York to make the 15-second commercial. Leno was driven to Letterman's studio in an SUV and even wore a disguise.
Jay Leno and David Letterman surprised Super Bowl fans yesterday when they appeared together during a 15-second commercial with Oprah Winfrey... for Dave's "Late Night" show!
Reports say Letterman was the one who came up with the idea of having himself and Leno watching the Super Bowl with Winfrey serving as referee. The two hosts poked fun at the fact that they didn't want to be in the same room.
Leno flew to New York last Tuesday, and wore a hooded sweatshirt, dark sunglasses and a fake moustache to get into the Ed Sullivan theatre without being recognized. Oprah later tweeted that it was all real, and shot in Letterman's studio.
Jay Leno speaks candidly in an interview with Oprah Winfrey airing Thursday, his first since the NBC scheduling drama erupted.
When Oprah asked Leno about having contact with Conan O'Brien, he said he wanted to phone him, "But it didn't seem appropriate... I don't know. I think, let things cool down and maybe we'll talk."
During the last couple weeks of "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien," Conan took jabs at Leno.
Oprah asked, "Were any of the things he said about you hurtful?" Leno replied, "No, they were jokes and that's okay... It's what we do. It's like being a fighter and say, 'When you get punched in the head, did it hurt?' Well... yeah, but you're a fighter that's what you do."
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The shakeup between Leno and Conan began when NBC decided to cancel "The Jay Leno Show" (which only ran 4 months) and have Leno return to his 11:30 PM timeslot. Conan refused to have "The Tonight Show" moved to midnight, leading to his exit from the network.
Leno will be returning to "The Tonight Show" in March after the winter Olympics.
Conan O'Brien and NBC have reached a $45-million deal for O'Brien to leave "The Tonight Show" after only seven months as host.
In a statement NBC says O'Brien will get more than $33 million in the deal and the rest will go to his staff.
"In the end, Conan was appreciative of the steps NBC made to take care of his staff and crew, and decided to supplement the severance they were getting out of his own pocket," O'Brien's manager tells The Wall Street Journal. "Now he just wants to get back on the air as quickly as possible.
O'Brien's final show will be this Friday with guests Tom Hanks, Will Ferrell (who was his first guest) and Neil Young. No word on where or when O'Brien will return to TV, but it's possible he could pop up on FOX or Comedy Central.
Jay Leno will retake the reins as the "Tonight Show" host beginning March 1.