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Jay Leno: I Felt Really Bad for Conan

1/28/2010 3:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jay Leno doesn't think what happened to Conan O'Brien was "fair" -- but he also says he's not to blame.

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Jay was on "Oprah" this morning, where he said Conan's ratings are the real reason he's gone, citing a 49% drop as proof. Leno added he's glad to have his "dream job" back -- regretting "it wasn't handled better."

FYI -- Jay also said he'd have Conan on as a guest any time. Good luck with that.

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Chris    

Really? Because the way I remember it, it was affiliates who were losing money because of Jay's ratings and poor lead-in to the late night news.

1731 days ago
2.

James    

Ok Jay
Its not my fault?
REALLY JAY?

1731 days ago
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kim    

Jay is not to blame for being funny when Conan is not. Conan had terrible rating sbecause he is NOT funny period. ANy network would drop a show with ratings that low.

1731 days ago
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viewer101    

what a douche bag.
the first poster is exactly right, jay is full of crap.

1731 days ago
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RYAN FORM TORONTO    

Oprah handled this son of a bihatch welll!!!!!
GO F YOURSELF JAY LENO! BECAUSE OF YOU MY NIGHTS SUCK!!!

1731 days ago
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mitch myers    

oprah is a fat doublehockeystick!

1731 days ago
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john    

Leno's a PUNK. Someday it will come out how many jobs he cost others and how horrific his ego REALLY is.

1731 days ago
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kim    

Affiliates were not losing money with Jay - they made bank with Jay OBVIOUSLY since they are bringing him back.

1731 days ago
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justsaying    

No.1. You're wrong. Jay was replaced because they wanted to bring Conan in for the long haul. They thought Jay would bail on them. Jay held the top spot in the rating all the way until he moved to 10:00pm. It's not his fault that Conan didn't carry the load. Nor is it NBC's faught. Conan just didn't carry the load. Period.

1731 days ago
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sammy    

from what i heard it was the local network that wanted leno gone, they were fine with conan. leno failed at his slot and the ratings of conan is an excuse for what happened. he is a punk for not manning up and just retire, now he has tainted that show twice.

1731 days ago
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The Judge    

He is being disingenuous. He says in the interview that he and Conan have not spoken while a few weeks ago, he said in one of his monologues that he and Conan had spoken and that everything is fine. Jay Leno is a no talent hack who has been sent by NBC on a PR campaign. Go away Jay, you are mediocre at best.

1731 days ago
12.

cgmpowers    

JAY...

The ratings for Conan were down because of the lead-ins, the same with the networks &*&# that their news at 10/11 were also down because of YOUR ratings tanking..

Its your moving to 9/10 that caused the ripple effect of LOW ratings for NEWS and CONAN, not the other way around..

Jay, your a putz...

1731 days ago
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kim    

Conan could have done another time slot and his employees kept their jobs but he thought only of himself and they are all out of jobs now. Shows Conans true colors.

1731 days ago
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THE CHILDREN ARE NOT BEING PROPERLY SUPERVISED...PERIOD!    

OPRAH looks like a FAT HEADED TROLL in this picture. IS SHE SICK?

1731 days ago
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kim    

Judge - For a no talent hack he sure has high ratings and earns the network alot of money. Im sure your comments are really hurtful to him as he is driving to the bank =)

1731 days ago
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