Jimmy Kimmel does not mince words when it comes to his feelings on Jay Leno. When asked about the man he will soon be competing with head-to-head at a NY Times event last night, he responded thusly: “Fuck him.” Didn’t even need to stop and think about it.
On the one hand, it’s kind of great that he wears his animosity towards the Chin on his sleeve. Leno is not funny and also has a history of fucking people over in order to get what he wants. On the other hand, basically everyone else who publicly hates Leno was burned by him in the past; mainly, Letterman and Conan. Leno’s never really done anything to screw Kimmel over directly, so his public insults do reek a bit of grabbing for attention when he’s moving up to 11:35. After all, it’s not the most out there sentiment in the world, especially with savvy comedy fans that he’ll want to win over to his show. But on the other, other hand, why am I to argue with such wisdom? He’s right, after all.