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Kimmel sounds off on ‘sucker-punching’ Leno

Jay Leno went on Oprah and said that Jimmy Kimmel “sucker-punched” him when Kimmel appeared on his “10 @ 10″ segment. Well, Kimmel devoted a chunk of  his show Thursday night to deliver fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at how it all happened.
/ Source: Entertainment Weekly

On Thursday, Jay Leno went on Oprah and said that Jimmy Kimmel “sucker-punched” him when Kimmel appeared on his “10 @ 10″ segment. Well, Kimmel devoted a chunk of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Thursday night to deliver another sucker-pu… I mean, a fascinating, behind-the-scenes look at how it all happened.

(Click on the video above to see).

Kimmel talked about being booked on The Jay Leno Show, and the standard talk-show process of being “pre-interviewed” — when a staffer goes over with the guest the general topics that will be discussed. When Kimmel realized that Leno wanted ask him stuff such as “What’s your junk-food weakness?” Kimmel balked, claiming he told the staffer, “I really think we have to talk about what’s going on with Jay and Conan because that’s what people want to hear about — not about my junk food weakness.”

He was told that Jay felt “‘there’s been a lot of talk about that stuff and we don’t want to beat it to death.’”

Kimmel paused and said, “But what he did not understand was I did want to beat it to death. I like beating things to death. And so I did.”

Then Kimmel delivered the roundhouse right:

“If I made any mistake, the mistake I made was thinking Jay would have anything other to say than what was written on the cue cards. I figured he’d get into it and mix it up. You know, at one time he was a comedian. But he just stood there, kind of reading through the questions like a robot and then goes off and rats me out to Oprah.”

In case you forgot the original segment, here it is:

Kimmel concluded Thursday night by jokingly whining Lenoesquely, “He’s a tattle tale. Oprah and I had a wonderful relationship and now it’s ruined because of Jay.”