Jay Leno On How Hard It Was Returning To 'The Tonight Show'

Jay Leno On How Hard It Was Returning To 'The Tonight Show'

When Jay Leno reclaimed the “Tonight Show” after NBC showed Conan O’Brien the door, he took a lot of flak from the media, which portrayed him as the man who squashed Conan’s “Tonight Show” dreams. Now, the late night comedian reveals why chose not to defend himself.

out. Jay took a lot of flack from the media which portray him always the man who squashed conan tonight show dreams. Why didn't you defend yourself when people were attacking you. I don't have to. That's not my job. Whinemy job. Whining rich people complaining on TV what's more annoying than that? You are a comedian I learned that from Johnny Carson you tell the joke that's what this job is about. Nobody care about his your problem. Okay. You work in a business you work in a business that pays you more money than 99 percent of the country. So they turn on TV to see you and laugh and have a few pleasant moments before bed. Some rich guy whining and complaining people get fired every day in the country and no recourse at all so the idea it seems silly. But it's your character, it's an attack on your character. Right. Wouldn't you defend your character saying you cut the guy off. You didn't give him the time to breathe. You weren't fair. First of all your assuming it was my call. There's this misconception I got fired and somehow I asked for my job back and they had to give to it me. Doesn't work that way. I was asked to leave then I was asked to stay and then 10:00 o'clock then the affiliate said we want you back at 11:30 and that's what they did. Didn't conan go inform your -- for your he said to them I want that guy's job. Or I got to go? Yes. How did it work out? Reporter: Yes. Vindicatereporter: Yes. Vindicating. Vindicate vindicating to come back? I would think call Mae small man that wolf good. You know you are a S You know you are a small man. I don't know what gloating gets you. Doesn't get you andoesn't get you anything. Look, I have never said a bad word or even really joked about it. Because people always read touch into it. I know a couple comic who got divorced. I'll talk about this in my act. So my ex-wife. Whoa. Suddenly whoa. The joke are a little too real. People go oh, man that guy is angry. People like to see you annoyed. Don't