On a conference call with reporters on Wednesday, Jimmy Kimmel wasn’t shy about his well-documented disdain for fellow late night host Jay Leno — in fact, he compared Leno to “Friday the 13th” movie villain Jason Voorhees.
“Jay Leno is not going to be able to stay on television forever, and obviously Jimmy Fallon is the heir apparent,” Kimmel said when asked about Fallon potentially replacing Leno. “And [Fallon is] doing a great job, so it makes sense people would talk like this. That said, you can never count Jay out. He seems to pop up just when you think he’s dead — he comes alive and he’s got a hatchet.”
It’s not the first time Kimmel has had not-so-flattering words for his competitor. His dislike for Leno comes from the origin of “The Tonight Show.”
“For me, it started with Letterman, and it started with a guy, at
least from my standpoint, became famous on the Letterman Show,” he told Larry King last month.
“I always felt weird about how Jay got that 11:30 spot. Of course, that
was NBC’s decision, but the whole thing seemed pre-meditated to me.”
In August, an event moderator in New York asked Kimmel what he thinks of Leno and Kimmel simply said, “F*** him.”
That said, Kimmel doesn’t want people to think he’s obsessed with his dislike for Leno. “Well, first of all, I will say 99?percent of the thinking and talking I do about Jay Leno comes when I’m doing an interview,” he says. “Otherwise, I don’t think much about him, but people ask me about him constantly … It may seem that I’m obsessed with Jay Leno and I promise I’m not.”