It’s no secret that the host of ABC's “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” isn’t a fan of the host of NBC's “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and, in a new interview with Rolling Stone, Kimmel slams Leno for being a sellout.
Kimmel explained his beef with Leno in the latest issue of the magazine, which hit newsstands Friday. The New York Daily News obtained a few snippets from the article, including Kimmel's thoughts on going head-to-head with Leno in the late-night television-ratings race.
See, next week, ABC is moving the opening of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” from 12:35 a.m. to 11:35 p.m., meaning that Kimmel will be going head-to-head with Leno for the first time. And Kimmel is not hesitant to slam his new rival with a little trash talk in advance of the switch.
“As a comedian, you can’t not have disdain for what he’s done,” Kimmel said of Leno. “He totally sold out. He was a master chef who opened a Burger King.”
While Kimmel clearly has a beef with Leno, it seems he has nothing but respect for another competitor, the host of CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman."
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Even if Kimmel beats Letterman in the ratings game, he said, the “Late Show” host is still the king: "If I beat David Letterman in the ratings, does that mean I’m better than Letterman? No f---ing way!"
Kimmel also had some words to say about the host of NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," but they’re largely positive and indicative of a nice, friendly rivalry between the two comedians. “People are going to compare me and him for years to come -- we’re being positioned as the Leno and Letterman of the next round,” Kimmel said. “I like it because he’s a very worthy competitor.”
For some context, watch one of Kimmel’s best slams of Leno below. In the video, Kimmel dons a Jay Leno costume -- including a ridiculous prosthetic chin -- and mocks Leno’s headlines segment on “The Tonight Show.”