Jimmy Kimmel on Leno: ‘He sold out. A master chef who opened a Burger King’

Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel covers the latest issue of Rolling Stone, but we’re not publishing the cover because it features some serious Kimmel butt crackage. On the cover, Kimmel poses as a stereotypical plumber in front of a kitchen sink, and if you really want to see what he’s got going on down there, the NSFW cover can be viewed here. We’re not going there for obvious reasons.

The portions of the Rolling Sone interview that have been released are sightly inflammatory in that Kimmel openly smokes a lot of weed with the journalist, Jonah Weiner. He also talks smack about Jay Leno. (David Letterman recently told Oprah that Leno is “the most insecure person I have ever known,” so these two are possibly reigniting a new round of late-night wars.) Honestly, I have never found Jay Leno funny at all, and even his very early work is just as snooze-worthy as his new stuff. But the guy brings in an audience because he somehow managed to oust Conan O’Brien from NBC and resurrect the ratings. I suspect that little trainwreck is still getting under Kimmel and Letterman’s respective skins. What Leno did to Conan was “uncool.” Here are those excerpts from Kimmel’s Rolling Stone interview:

Jimmy Kimmel

On Jay Leno: “As a comedian, you can’t not have disdain for what he’s done. He totally sold out. He was a master chef who opened a Burger King.”

On David Letterman: Kimmel takes the high road when it comes to Letterman though. “If I beat David Letterman in the ratings, does that mean I’m better than Letterman? No f***ing way.”

On Jimmy Fallon: He’s “a worthy competitor.”

How he spends his downtime: “If we smoke weed right now, is that on the record? “I don’t know if I want this in the story,” Kimmel, 45, says, padding off to retrieve his stash. “My kids are gonna read this…” He returns with a vacuum-sealed baggie bulging with buds the size of baby Brussels sprouts.

[From Rolling Stone and Radar]

I’m not at all surprised that Kimmel sat down and smoked some dope with a journo because — let’s face it — the guy looks pretty damn baked a great deal of the time already. The fact that he’s choosing to talk out of school about his fellow late-night hosts is also not shocking at all. They’re all terribly competitive, and I suppose it stands to reason that they should be. Kimmel himself is a pretty funny guy on his own show although he only ranks third in my book with the list as follows: (1) Dave Letterman; (2) Craig Ferguson; (3) Jimmy Kimmel; (4) Conan O’Brien; (5) Jimmy Fallon; and (6) Jay Leno. As you can see, I’m not a Leno fan at all, so I find it fairly amusing to witness almost anyone talking smack about him.

Here’s Kimmel with his fiancée, Molly McNearney, who is also the co-writer of his “Live!” show. She’s pretty cute, right?

Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel

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  1. mln76 says:

    Comedians live to talk smack. They also can’t take what they dish out. That said Leno is about as funny as a light switch and a rotten sneak.
    At this point its well known that he is a jerk no need to pile on

  2. SmokeyBlues says:

    NOBODY needs to see that RS cover with the butt crack. It’s awful.
    Conan is the only one I can watch, the rest are boring and kiss-asses.
    I think Kimmel here grabbed his weed to come off as cool and edgy. Get a clue, Jimmy! We aaaaaall have a baggy of weed, you are not so special! Ahhaha

  3. stellalovejoydiver says:

    I have a weird crush on Jimmy Kimmel, so initially I was a bit disappointed to not be able to see his butt cleveage (Don´t judge me), but it was a good decision to not show it.
    And I am German-Italian as well.
    As for the funnymen, Letterman is too grumpy and really not invested in his guests unless he likes them, so I´d say 1)Conan 2)Fuergeson and Kimmel 3)Letterman 4)Fallon 5)Leno, yeah Leno sucks big time.

  4. dcypher1 says:

    I think conans the funniest of them all. What comedian dosent smoke weed. Its really not that shocking who cares.

  5. keats says:

    Guyliner and buttcrack in the same photo! What a world.

  6. Riana says:

    Kimmel really needs to get over it, the constant bitching isn’t going to change what happened. To be honest all of them bore me to tears comedy-wise, Conan just tends to be the most charming and sweet kind of guy.

  7. Sarah says:

    A big part of Jimmy’s hatred of jay comes from Howard stern. They are close friends and Howard can’t stand jay for stealing bits.

  8. G says:

    Uh, tell me Jimmy, do comedians also have distain for seeing but crack on a magazine cover?

  9. Mrs. Ari Gold says:

    Kimmel is not that funny and seems like he’s NOT a nice person. Kimmel’s show is lame and overrated.

    Leno gets bullied by all these comedians because he’s not one of the ‘cool kids’ – and most comedians are definitley bullies.

  10. Addison says:

    My favorite is Fallon, followed by Leno and then Kimmel. I don’t get Conan, I just don’t laugh most of the time. I’m like meh. And I can’t stand Letterman.

    • Brookie says:

      @addison – Totally agree! I can’t believe Bedhead put Fallon fifth. Ever watch the beer pong games he plays with guests? Or the YouTube clips he does with the Roots? Or the 12 days if ugly sweater thing he does for Christmas? All funny, and it’s a spontaniaty funny, not written funny, which is why other late night comedians are crap. Guess why Conan lost the coveted 11pm slot? Because he was NOT FUNNY!! I can only watch a desk become a fake car with a green screen so many times before it just gets old. Even the year 2000 skit got lame after 2001. Jeez, update the schtitck and pick another bit. Besides, Leno is funnier in stand-up. His writer’s suck. That’s why the show is horrible. If your going to judge a comedian, judge him in his element. Do Conan, Letterman, or Kimmel still tour? Gee, it must be hard writing stand-up all on your own.

    • stay-C says:

      Agreee jimmy is the funniest & most original imo ,if she put him fifth she of course doesn’t watch his show :p

    • stay-C says:

      Agreee jimmy Fallon is the funniest & most original imo ,if she put him fifth she of course doesn’t watch his show :p

    • Lee says:

      I love Jimmy Fallon too! His song impressions are incredible.

      I loathe Leno though. I’ve never really watched Kimmel, but I will always appreciate him for the time he perfectly burned Leno to his face on his own show. Leno asked him, ‘What’s the greatest prank you ever pulled’ and Kimmel responded ‘I told a guy that, 5 years from now, I’m gonna give you my show, and then when the 5 years came, I gave it to him and then I took it back almost instantly. I think he works at Fox or something now.’

  11. essa says:

    I dont know why i clicked on the link to RS but i surely regret seeing it. Of all late night hosts, i think craig ferguson is the funniest, nicest and sexiest. He never fails to make me smile.

  12. essa says:

    I dont know why i clicked on the link to RS but i surely regret seeing it. Of all late night hosts, i think craig ferguson is the funniest, nicest and sexiest one

  13. Tifygodess24 says:

    Quite frankly I can’t remember the last time I Really laughed when I watched ANY of their shows. I love comedy but 99 per of the time these guys come off as dry and try hard. Hell even SNL has lost their touch most of the time. I actually like Kimmel less after this and I’m not a fan of Leno. I hate baby criers.

  14. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    Now if dude could fix my toilet, I’d be impressed.

  15. lori says:

    Here’s how I watch latenight TV, if I’m up that late. I base it on the guests. If I’m interested in the celebrity they have on I’ll watch that part, then turn it off. Leno gets great guests because they know he’ll kiss ass or at least soft ball questions so they don’t look bad. That is why Leno gets the ratings. He gets the best guest. Even the most “trainwreck-y” of guests will go on there.

  16. apsutter says:

    There is no way in hell that David Letterman is #1. He may be endearing but he is not funny and he has never been funny. Kimmel’s show has gotten so hilarious and I used to hate Jimmy Fallon but I love his late night show. It’s nice because he’s younger and he’s totally nostalgic for the 80′s and 90′s which is awesome. Conan will always be my main man tho.

  17. Madriani's Girl says:

    God, I loathe Leno. He isn’t funny at all. And what he did to Conan was so low-down and shady, it still p*sses me off. He tried publicly to be so caring about it but he just threw Conan under the bus and allowed him to be raked over the coals, which NBC did to placate Leno, who is a hack at best and an a**hole at worst.

  18. RobN says:

    I think this ganging up on Leno by a bunch of guys whose programs are owned and produced by Letterman’s company is borderline bizarre. I’m in bed by 9:00, so I have no dog in this fight, but the cool kids jumping all over the kid who’s not is just as uncomfortable to look at when they’re all 50 as when they’re a bunch of 14 year old mean girls.

    • Karma says:

      The only shows owned by Letterman are Craig’s and Letterman’s. And Leno isn’t being bullied… he is the bully.

      He started this whole Late Night Wars thing against Johnny Carson with a pr campaign with a NY newspaper article to create the buzz for Leno and force Carson to retire. Carson even retired early, prior to his 30 year Anniversary, he was so mad at Leno and NBC. Carson then advised Letterman to walk to CBS after what they did to Letterman as well.

      And even though Leno denied being responsible for his manager’s forced retirement buzz with Carson. Leno then did the same type of buzz creation within the media to torpedo Conan’s Tonight Show. So really, it shines badly on Leno’s claims of innocence on the Carson deal, when he did it a second time. Well, that and Leno hiding in a closet to spy on the NBC talks about giving him Carson’s show. Yes, he hid in a closet!!! So he could continue to manipulate the process with inside knowledge.

      He also took out a lot of primetime shows/jobs as well with his lame 10pm show. Which kneecapped the NBC line up and future ratings/$$.

      So if you are counting, Leno took out Carson, Letterman, Conan, and five primetime shows on NBC. There is so much wrong with Leno playing the victim when he is really the victimizer.

      And as far as Kimmel. He has always loved Letterman. His car as a teen had license plates honoring Letterman. Kimmel was just calling Leno the backstabber that he was and has been for years.

      Some more tidbits. Carson never appeared on Leno’s show. And more importantly, Leno NEVER thanked or even acknowledged Carson when he took over the show. However, Carson did appear on Letterman’s CBS show and wrote jokes for Letterman for years.

      Leno deserved being called out by them – he earned it repeatedly.

  19. Latisha says:

    Every time I read about Jimmy Kimmel saying something nasty about Leno I only think of 2 things.1)Jay leno helped Kimmel promote his show when it first aired and it was on the verge of cancellation.Even though they were in competition.He didn’t seem to have a problem with Leno when he was kissing his ass to help him when Jimmy had the lowest rated show in late night.And 2)When Conan took over the Tonight Show,Kimmel was beating him every night.For the first time he had the number one show.That is why I think Kimmel is really angry at Jay for coming back.I don’t believe for a second Jimmy cares about Conan’s feelings.Because it has been 4 years and even Conan has moved on.Maybe Jimmy needs to.

  20. Carol says:

    Did Conan donate one of his kidneys to Jay and I missed it? Are they long-lost brothers? Why did Jay owe Conan all this loyalty? Conan forced Jay out and it backfired on him. Why is Jay the bad guy?

    • jane16 says:

      Well said. We watch Stewart/Colbert in our house anyway.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      Well, not really. That’s why Conan & Co. got such a huge payout, because NBC broke the contract a la Ann Curry. I wouldn’t call it ‘forcing’ someone out when that person announces his retirement, names a successor, then decides to get a new show which pushes out what used to be those slots, gets terrible ratings for his new show and then decides to take back his old job which pushes that host off the air.

      It’s not about who you like or don’t like in terms of viewing, it’s that Leno went back on his word twice and a lot of people lost their jobs because of it, not just Conan. Everyone who worked on those six shows got canned where they once had some degree of job security and effectively wasted a lot and money and all of that just for Leno to pull a 360 and NBC just allowed all of that to happen for some reason.

      Whatever you think of any of their work, the classy thing for Leno to have done would have been to retire for real, as he promised to do in the first place and not let ego and caprice screw over a whole show which had waited for five years for those jobs that were promised. Why not just focus on his standup career, which is far from over? If Conan’s show ended up getting canned for its own performance, fair enough. But one host’s bad ratings got got his given a host with really bad ratings in his spot. Obviously, Leno was getting enough viewership on the Tonight Show to snag some loyalty, but Conan had also been with the company for over fifteen years and was doing well enough to keep his show on the air and get named as Leno’s successor. He had his turn, why not be a bit more gracious? It was one thing when he pissed off Carson and Letterman, but to do it again spells out narcissism and it’s not cute.

      It’s not nice to go back on your word, even when the stakes a low lower than they were in this case.

    • THE QUEEN OF THEM ALL says:

      I AGREE , I SEE THAT LENO IS THE ONLY ONE HAS BEEN ATTACKED ALMOST BY EVERYONE , DAHHH DOESNT THAT TELL YOU THAT HE IS THE BEST??? AND PLUSE ALL HE DOESNT ANSWER THEM ALL BACK AN DON’T EVEN REPLY TO IT IN HIS SHOW. IF THAT TELLS YOU SOMETHING , IT’S THAT HE IS MORE CONFIDENT IN HIMSELF AND HE CARELESS ABOUT ALL THE LOSERS LETTERMAN ,CONAN,AND THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE LOSERS IS KIMMEL . AND I SEE THAT FALLON IS COMING TO BE THE STAR.

  21. Diana says:

    I love Kimmel, he’s really funny and I don’t begrudge him that he’s talking smack about A-Hole Leno, because he has said it to the man’s face as Letterman has done as well. What Leno did to Conan was just so unprofessional and nasty, I just can’t with that guy.

  22. KellyinSeattle says:

    Craig Fergusen all the way!

  23. j.eyre says:

    The only time I see any of these guys if if I am You Tubing a certain actor to see how they are in interviews so my basis of knowledge on any of them is minimal. That said, I have always liked Letterman and I suppose I don’t find much wrong with Leno. I think he is a bit safe for me but I appreciate he tries out jokes at the Comedy and Magic Club still. I always enjoy Kimmel and yes, Ferguson is probably my favorite to watch. I like Fallon as a comedian, but I dislike his interviews, he just doesn’t seem to know how to do it. Ireally never see O’Brien outside bits he does with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

  24. Bijlee says:

    Lol honestly letterman is so fing insecure. The guys pathetic. He has all these comedians that he basically owns talking smack about Leno. Just get the f over it.

  25. lisa2 says:

    Thank goodness some people here have great taste. FERGUSON is the man. Only late night show I have on my dvr. He is a good guy and notice he is never in all this drama. Funny and super cute.

    I also watch Stewart/Colbert. The others I could care less about. I use to watch Dave all the time but not as much.

  26. Bobby the K says:

    Letterman is easily the funniest on his feet, unscripted. he plays it more safe now, but in the past he took more risks than anyone, even if it didn’t always work. I’ve seen Conan wait for laughs that never come.

  27. Anon says:

    Fair or not, I have been repulsed by Jimmy Kimmel ever since first seeing him on the ‘Man Show’. Fallon, Chelsea Handler and Leno are dull and unfunny to me. Letterman used to be great through but doesn’t seem to care anymore… Conan, Colbert, Jon Stewart, and Craig Ferguson are the only late night comedy shows (comedians)i actually found funny. Honestly, I only watch Conan and Colbert regularly.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Fair or not, I have been repulsed by Jimmy Kimmel ever since first seeing him on the ‘Man Show’. Fallon, Chelsea Handler and Leno are dull and unfunny to me. Letterman used to be great through but doesn’t seem to care anymore… Conan, Colbert, Jon Stewart, and Craig Ferguson are the only late night comedy shows (comedians)i actually found funny. Honestly, I only watch Conan and Colbert regularly.

  29. Anonymous1 says:

    Fair or not, I have been repulsed by Jimmy Kimmel ever since first seeing him on the ‘Man Show’. Fallon, Chelsea Handler and Leno are dull and unfunny to me. Letterman used to be great through but doesn’t seem to care anymore… Conan, Colbert, Jon Stewart, and Craig Ferguson are the only late night comedy shows (comedians)i actually found funny. Honestly, I only watch Conan and Colbert regularly.

  30. Becky1 says:

    I don’t really have a strong opinion either way about Jimmy Kimmel but I think it’s nice that his fiancee looks like a normal person instead of a Hollywood bimbo. She’s cute but in a “regular person” kind of way if that makes any sense. It’s refreshing. He used to go out with Sarah Silverman…I think it’s cool that he’s not intimidated by funny women and actually seems to be drawn to women with talent and similar interests rather than just going for the “fake tits on a stick” type.