Jay Leno is in talks to appear on the The Oprah Winfrey Show next week, in an interview in which the former — and next — host of the Tonight Show will try and restore a reputation that has been tattered by allegations he pushed his successor, Conan O’Brien, out of the coveted gig.
“Oprah and Jay love each other,” a source told the NY Post, hinting that Oprah will be friendly and understanding toward the beleaguered comic. “They talk constantly.”
Leno tried to put out the public relations fire on his show earlier his week, giving a long speech illustrating his innocence in the shakeup at NBC, to no avail. He has been bashed for his role in the affair by a variety of entertainers that reads like a who’s who of comedy: David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Rosie O’Donnell, Howard Stern and even O’Brien, at times.
“I’m glad I’m not in late night, because it seems like they throw everybody to the wolves, including their own,” O’Donnell told New York Magazine this week. “It was really a crappy move on Leno’s part… classless and kind of career-defining, if you ask me.”