March 19th, 2013
04:00 PM ET
Monday's "Tonight Show" came with an extra bit of venom for the executives at NBC.
During his opening monologue, Jay Leno took a shot at the higher-ups of his network by saying, "You know the whole legend of St. Patrick, right? St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland, and then they came into the United States and became NBC executives.”
While this would usually be seen as nothing more than a holiday-themed swipe, it came off to some as salt in the wound in light of recent reports.
There were rumors earlier this month that Jimmy Fallon was being eyed as a replacement for Leno - whispers that NBC has "categorically" denied, according to The Hollywood Reporter. And on Friday, the New York Times cited sources who alleged that NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt and Leno exchanged tense emails regarding the late night host's jokes about NBC's struggling ratings.
But as far as Leno’s ratings, the Times pointed out, “The Tonight Show” regularly comes in first place.
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