Jay Leno has a very good reason for not making a surprise appearance during David Letterman’s final show! The former talk show host says he never forgot an instance in which Dave turned HIM down, and not showing up was his chance for revenge.
Viewers were pretty disappointed when Jay Leno, 65, failed to make a cameo during David Letterman’s final Late Show taping in May 2015…but now, Jay himself is explaining why! The reasoning dates back to more than a year earlier, right around the time of Jay’s final Tonight Show episode.
“Well, I asked Dave to do a 10-second tape for us [when I left],” the comedian told AdWeek. “Anything, just…’Leno who?’ They said no, they didn’t want to do it. Well, why am I going to run all the way to New York? I mean, quid pro quo. I just said, ‘No, that’s kind of silly.'”
Hey, we totally get where Jay is coming from, and just take note, everyone — this guy clearly never forgets! These two have a bit of a history and have been in competition with one another for years, so it’s not completely surprising that they wouldn’t go out of their ways to make appearances on each other’s shows.
And while he may have beef with Dave, Jay is on good terms with other late show hosts. He even crashed Jimmy Fallon’s show on Oct. 6, and returned to center stage to give his own monologue, which is the part of late night TV that he admittedly misses most. “Doing the monologue every day was great fun,” he said to AdWeek. “That was 80 percent of my day — writing the jokes.”
Jay ended his run on the Tonight Show in Feb. 2014, but he’s actually been working hard ever since! Besides hundreds of standup tour dates, he’s also been putting together a new show called Jay Leno’s Garage for CNBC.
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— Alyssa Norwin