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Despite what people may think, Jay Leno says he has no bad blood with Howard Stern and David Letterman.
During Tuesday’s episode of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” the former “Tonight Show” host cleared the air about his relationship with Letterman, who left NBC for CBS in 1992 when he wasn’t given the gig upon Johnny Carson’s retirement.
“The idea that we hate each other is – the media makes a big thing about it,” he said. “I am a huge fan. You know, when I started, Letterman was a great wordsmith.”
Leno explained, “He could put things together, but he’s kind of a hesitant performer. I was a very loud, boisterous performer, but I wasn’t that good a writer. So I’d watch him and go ‘Oh man, how do you put those sentences together?’ And he’d watch me and go, ‘How can you be so confident on stage?’ So I think we sort of took from each other a little bit.”
Leno also said that if given the chance, he wouldn’t change much about replacing Conan O’Brien, who hosted “Tonight” for seven months between 2009 and 2010.
“They’re ratings-based shows,” he told Cohen. “People act like it’s your decision like ‘I think I’ll go back.’ The network makes these decisions. They decide you’re going to leave and then they decide you’re gonna come back. So there’s not much I’d change.”
Leno also opened up about the rumored “feud” between him and radio star Stern, who Cohen pointed out has called Leno “every name in the book.”
The comedian, who said his motto is “never explain, never complain,” said “I didn’t get into the feud, because you’re not going to win a feud with Howard. Howard is good. If you start that feud, boom, you’re down,” the comedian said. “So if you just let it roll, it’s fine.”
Leno even complimented Stern, calling him “really talented” and a “good interviewer.”
“I don’t hold any grudges,” Leno continued. “I listen to him now, he’s funny, he’s good.”
Watch the full clip of Leno talking about Stern above.
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