Jimmy Kimmel says Jay Leno has no feelings
Posted February 17, 2013
Jimmy Kimmel says he feels bad when he hurts someone's feelings - with the exception of a certain late-night talk show rival. That's because he says he doesn't "believe Jay Leno has actual feelings, and he doesn't seem to be that worried about other people's feelings," Kimmel tells the March issue of Playboy (it hits newsstands Friday). "Strangely I don't even like talking about him anymore. The only time I think about him is when I'm asked."
Kimmel goes on to open up on the new late-night wars, Oprah and throwing parties.
On winning the late-night war: "I am stupidly competitive, especially when it comes to baseball or Scrabble. Yet I don't feel late night is such a big competition. There won't be another king of late night to match Carson's dominance. There will be maybe a bunch of dukes and the occasional earl."
On Letterman: "Dave transcends any time slot; he is the father of comedy as we now know it. I wonder if he knows what he means to every comedian under 50 years old. That NBC Late Night With David Letterman show was a revelation."
On putting together the monologue for JKL: "I have a filter mechanism in my head every night when I put together the monologue for our show: If I can imagine Jay Leno telling a joke, then I won't do it, even if it's a good joke."
On why he never opened with a monologue in the show's early days: "I was scared to stand in front of the audience and deliver jokes. The craziest thing is, even though I had some material planned each night, I was mainly winging it for that first year and a half or so. Plus my experience onstage was limited. I was a radio guy and thought I would always be a radio guy. I'm not a stand-up."
On his preference for being the party host v. the partygoer: "I'm not a great partygoer. When I go to a party all I want to do is go home. I like having parties because I don't have to go home. I already am home."
On becoming an "impassioned disciple of Oprah" after she appeared on his Oscar night special last year: "I've done more jokes about Oprah than about any other celebrity, so the idea that she's now a sun that I worship is crazy. I learned that even Oprah is bigger than Oprah and that I was merely a pecking little bird on the back of a magnificent steed. At the end of the day she gave a speech to my staff, telling them how great they were, and then had cases of Champagne brought in. She just makes people feel good - and that's the secret, if there is one. It was then that I fully understood the power of Oprah. Also, I had a rash and she touched me and it instantly went away."
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