February 15th, 2013
10:19 AM ET
Jimmy Kimmel says he feels bad hurting other peoples’ feelings, but he makes an exception for Jay Leno because “I don’t believe Jay Leno has actual feelings.”
The “Jimmy Kimmel Live” host, who has mocked Leno in the past, revisits his dislike for “The Tonight Show” host in a new interview with Playboy.
“He doesn’t seem to be that worried about other people’s feelings,” Kimmel told the magazine. “Strangely I don’t even like talking about him anymore. The only time I think about him is when I’m asked.”
The comedian went on to say, regarding his show monologue, “If I can imagine Jay Leno telling a joke, then I won’t do it, even if it’s a good joke.”
The rivalry between the hosts became even more tense when “Jimmy Kimmel Live” moved to 11:35 p.m. in January, pitting him against Leno and David Letterman.
However, the ratings war hasn’t affected Kimmel’s feelings toward the “Late Night with David Letterman” host.
“Dave transcends any time slot; he is the father of comedy as we now know it,” he said. “I wonder if he knows what he means to every comedian under 50 years old.”
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