In a continuing trend of late night shockers this week, Jay Leno welcomed rival Jimmy Kimmel as his Ten at Ten guest on The Jay Leno Show Thursday, and the result was an awkward, tense exchange between two comedic titans with no love lost for one another. Or in other words, great TV!
When Leno asked Kimmel about the best prank he has ever pulled, Kimmel responded: “I think the best prank I ever pulled was I told a guy that five years from now I’m gonna give you my show, and then when the five years came, I gave it to him and then I took it back almost instantly. It was hilarious … I think he works at Fox or something now.”
It got uglier: When Leno asked Las Vegas native Kimmel an innocuous question about lap dances, Kimmel ingeniously danced right back onto Jay’s toes.
“Strippers I don’t like in general,” said Kimmel, “because you have this phony relationship with them for money. Similar to that of when you and Conan [O’Brien] were on the ‘Tonight Show’ together passing the torch.”
Leno’s last question to his rival was why he came onto the show, to which Kimmel again dwelled on Leno’s perceived overtaking of The Tonight Show chair from O’Brien.
“Conan and I have children,” said Kimmel. “All you have to take care of are cars. We have lives to lead here. You’ve got $800 million for God’s sake. Leave our shows alone.”