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Monday, January 24, 2022

War of words heats up between Leno, O’Brien

Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno seem to be turning on each other after days of focusing jokes on NBC over the late-night mess.

On Wednesday, a day after O’Brien said he wasn’t willing to move the “Tonight” show back a half-hour to make way for Leno, there was a certain bite to some monologue jokes by each man.

Leno noted his colleague’s complaint that his NBC bosses gave him only seven months to establish himself at the “Tonight” show.

“Seven months!” Leno said. “How did he get that deal? We only got four.”

O’Brien returned volley in his own monologue. He said hosting the “Tonight” show has been the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.

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