Jimmy Kimmel Slams Jay Leno: ‘He Totally Sold Out’

Thu, January 3, 2013 10:44am EST by 8 Comments
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The late-night gloves are off: Jimmy says he has ‘disdain’ for Jay in a surprising new interview.

Apparently switching time slots makes Jimmy Kimmel cranky, because in a new interview with Rolling Stone, the late-night host comes out swinging — for no apparent reason, but whatever — at Jay Leno. And he hits low. Like, below the chin.

“As a comedian, you can’t not have disdain for what he’s done,” Jimmy tells the mag. “He totally sold out. He was a master chef who opened a Burger King.”

And this isn’t the first time Jimmy has targeted Jay! He famously impersonated the chinned wonder back in 2010, portraying him for an entire episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!

How Jimmy Kimmel Feels About David Letterman & Jimmy Fallon

While Jimmy goes H.A.M. on Jay in his interview with Rolling Stone, he has decidedly nicer things to say about some of his other late-night competitors — specifically David Letterman and Jimmy Fallon.

“If I beat David Letterman in the ratings, does that mean I’m better than Letterman?” he asks (himself, apparently.) “No f*****g way.”

On the subject of Jimmy Kimmel, he says people will compare the two “for years to come” — presumably because they’re both named Jimmy, I guess — and that he welcomes the competition.

“He’s a very worth competitor,” Jimmy says.

Jimmy doesn’t appear to give his opinion on Craig Ferguson, but I assume that’s because he doesn’t deem himself worthy of even name-dropping such a flawless late-night creature.

Watch Jimmy’s A+ impersonation of Jay below, then vote: Which late-night host do YOU like best?

Rolling Stone

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tammi corley

Posted at 3:05 AM on January 24, 2014  

I have been watching jay for a long time. Love him. Remember watching jimmy when he was trying to act in pitch fever. He sucked then and still does. I hate to see jay go but I guess all good things must go and the new age begins. Crappy but a must I guess.

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Brian

Posted at 11:27 PM on April 19, 2013  

Hmmm…Is Kimmel upset because Leno is still up in the ratings? Jimmy Kimmel is desperate to make fun of Jay, and Jay makes him look like a little whiner

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Lisa

Posted at 2:35 PM on February 21, 2013  

Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman, Howard Stern-with all the money you guys have you would think you could buy yourselves some maturity. Just worry about yourselves. All your nastiness is just plain jealousy. Get over, get funny or get off the air.

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Mike in Baltimore

Posted at 3:38 PM on January 5, 2013  

Who in the hell is Jimmie Kimmel. ???????

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david

Posted at 7:39 PM on January 4, 2013  

kimmel is just another left wing pathetic loser that is going to get killed in the ratings and probably end up in a 3am time slot.

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Mickey

Posted at 4:41 PM on January 4, 2013  

Craig Ferguson is a late nite GOD!!!

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jerry madsen

Posted at 4:12 PM on January 4, 2013  

kimmel will never have the ratings of jay leno he only wishes he was as good but where sorry to say kimmel stinks and i wont waist my t,v time on some one that worthless he needs to get a life

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S.V.K.

Posted at 11:07 AM on January 3, 2013  

Both are idiots.

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