Earlier this week, Jimmy Kimmel hosted his show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, costumed as Jay Leno. He donned some Leno makeup (big chin, skunk hair) and proceeded to mock Jay Leno, his show, his jokes and his ability as a talk show host to last for an entire hour. While most would expect Leno to stay mum about such events, the geniuses at The Jay Leno Show thought that they’d made a “bit” out of it and invited Kimmel on (via satellite) for a 10@10 (10 questions at 10 o’clock). With Kimmel being up for anything, he quickly agreed and it’s safe to say… NBC had no idea it would turn out the way it did.
After the first three questions, “What’s the secret to doing a good Jay Leno impression?,” “What is the worst idea your writers have ever pitched you?” and “Who’s the worst guest you’ve ever interviewed?,” you could tell that Kimmel was getting bored of the fifth grader line of questioning and decided to spice up his responses for the last six questions.
It wasn’t until Kimmel answered the fifth question, “What’s the best prank you ever pulled?,” that you knew ABC’s late-night staple was pulling no punches. After giving a quick quip about painting his aunt’s house pink and green, Kimmel threw out this zinger…
“I think the best prank I ever pulled was; I told a guy that 5 years from now I’m going to give you my show and then when the 5 years came, I gave it to him and then I took it back almost instantly. It was hilarious.”
Leno attempted to laugh off the statement, but as the questioning continued with “Ever order anything off the TV?” and Jimmy countered, “like NBC ordered your show off the TV?,” Leno soon realized that maybe this wasn’t the best idea.
Still, the questioning continued and while Kimmel somewhat answered his questions, he never hesitated to stick it to the big-chinned host.
To give Leno credit, you could tell his writing staff thought up a “zinger” for the tenth question. In case you don’t have a chance to watch the video, I’d like to present the “zinger” to you as an example of the hilariousness that The Jay Leno Show creates.
(Multiple Choice) You came on to 10@10 because:
A. You’re a fan of innovative satellite technology
B. You’re promoting your own show
C. You want to keep me happy in case I switch to ABC
With a slide from the bass player, you could tell that was Leno’s punch line. Although, I don’t think Jay expected Jimmy to respond in the way he did.
What’s that? You want to know what he said?
Well, you’re just going to have to watch the video below.
While some are saying that Kimmel destroyed Leno, the only thing I’m saying is, “Why did this happen in the first place?” I don’t get why Kimmel was on Leno – sure, Kimmel did do a Leno impersonation for an entire episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, but that doesn’t really require Leno to have him on his show. Does it?
If it was so important to have Kimmel on the show, why was Leno asking him questions that nobody cares about? Leno could have done something hilarious or edgy, but instead he kept with his usual mediocre line of questioning. What’s your best prank? Really Jay? Is this some kind of small market morning zoo-type show where they “heard” that the person being interviewed loves to pull pranks on people?
It’s embarrassing, Jay. Not only for you, but for your audience. If this is what you think your audience likes and what you’re happy to give them, you’re going to have a shock when you return to The Tonight Show and find that the audience that was lost by Conan is never coming back.
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PHEWW… That’s alot of late-night drama. The crazy thing is that this is only the tip of the iceberg. As each day passes, the jokes between Conan and Leno get much more personal and with Conan’s last day looking to be next Friday, who knows what’s going to happen.
I’d love to write more, but I’m all late-night’d out. I’ll leave it up to you, in the comments. Did Kimmel go to far? Why did Leno have him on in the first place? If Kimmel didn’t stick it to Jay, would the bit have been interesting to you?
Let’s hear it!
Video – Kimmel Blasts Leno & Conan Sells The Tonight ShowPosted: January 15, 2010 in TELEVISION, VIDEOS