Jay Leno Oprah Video

January 28, 2010

Have you seen the Jay Leno Oprah video? The Tonight Show host really played the sympathy card while talking about the whole debacle. Watch the video and read more here.

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Since Conan was fired from the Tonight Show, Jay Leno has taken a lot of heat. There have been Coco Facebook pages made, rallies gathered, and an outcry of support for Conan. Conan had only hosted the Tonight Show since June and it seemed unfair to kick him out already.

Well, Jay was on Oprah today where he talked candidly about the controversy. He revealed that he has not picked up the phone to call Conan, despite feeling he should, because he feels things need to settle. Oprah said that 96% of her viewers were team Coco, according to a survey she ran during the show. Ouch!

The duo also talked about Jay’s image and how poorly the public perceives him now.

“I always felt I was doing the right thing,” said a flustered and fatigued looking Jay. “How can you do the right thing and have it go so wrong?” He later said that he remembered thinking, “Maybe I’m doing something wrong if this many people are angry and upset over a television show. I had a show. My show got canceled. … Who wouldn’t take that job? … I think I’m a good guy. Am I not a good guy?”

Oprah responded, “This is what I think: I’m really surprised that so many people are against you. I think people don’t understand the way television works. I could understand people thinking you were selfish if you owned the show. People think you stole the show when in fact it wasn’t your show to steal.”

“I wasn’t the reason,” Jay added. “The reason was ratings.”

Well regardless of the ratings, this whole thing has upset people to no end. And while I am on team Coco for sure, I do not think Jay should be the one getting all the backlash from this. NBC and those big shots making all the money decisions should be the ones getting votes. I do think Jay should have called Conan though, I mean really…

Readers what do you think? Check out the video below and leave your thoughts in the comment section.

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Photos: www.wenn.com/Johnny Louis

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7 Responses to “Jay Leno Oprah Video”

  1. 1
    Dr. David Robinson Says:

    I thought it was really sweet of Helen Kushnick to come back from the dead, dress up like Jay Leno and appear on Oprah today.

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    Marie Says:

    One of the provisions in Conan’s settlement was that he could not give any interviews for x3 months, another was that he could no longer say anything detrimental to NBC or the Tonight Show. This means that Conan cannot respond to any of Leno’s comments for at least 3 months. By that time, how many interviews will Leno have participated in?
    Also, if he was so heartbroken about the prospect of loosing his show he should have had his manager and lawyers in negotiations way before his 2009 farewell. He could have personally gone to Conan and tried to work out some sort of compromise.
    Mr. Leno stated that this was merely a “business” decision due to ratings. I too believe that it was a business decision but not due to ratings; the bottom line was most certainly money. In the new contract that Leno signed there was a $150 million payout if NBC decided to no longer honor Leno’s contract. (see info at http://tvbythenumbers.com/2010/01/20/conan-obrien-40-million-cheaper-to-boot-than-jay-leno-150-million/39434).

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    Leno Sucks Says:

    What a despicable ass this man is. Sorry excuse for a human being.

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    Tessa Says:

    What a hypocrite. He says he called the head of the affiliates to apologize for what he’d done to them by his show doing so poorly. However, he says that Conan’s bad ratings were his own fault. If Jay’s 10:00 show was to blame for the destruction to the 11:00 news of the affiliates, he’s equally to blame that Conan didn’t get the good lead in from those same news shows.

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    Justa Notherguy Says:

    Ironic, isn’t it? As shown by this article (and unfortunately for Mr. Leno and his bosses at NBC), the basic story of their programming fiasco just won’t go away. And their endless stream of carefully worded explanations – much less, soul-searching interviews on ‘Oprah’ – don’t seem to be helping much, either.
    For any readers too young to recall (or maybe just not interested in late night TV, at the time), it might help your perspective on the current Leno vs O’Brien mess to read some background on the original Leno vs Letterman feud. Here’s the full story of how Jay Leno took over the ‘The Tonight Show’ hosting gig from long-time host Johnny Carson, way back in 1993.
    http://bit.ly/6FjAQq (complete article – NY Times; 1994)

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    Fromnorthoftheborder Says:

    I think Oprah got paid a lot of money to say those things.

    How else to get the ratings back up for Jay come march?

    “Oh – if Oprah doesn’t think its wrong, then I shouldn’t think its wrong”.

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    Conebone69 Says:

    Honestly, the reason why everyone is against Jay is how he stayed silent during this whole thing. Sure, it is NBC’s mistake, but when told he would be given back his old time slot, there was no indication from Leno that he was concern with how Conan or Fallon would take the move. He simply accepted it.

    Conan on the other hand, played it beautifully. I’m not saying what Conan did was not done out of the goodness of his heart (I’m on Team Coco, always have, always will be), but regardless of his real intentions, he won many supports. And that’s what Leno didn’t do and it snowballed into him being one big jerk.