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Dave Basically Calls Leno a Weasel

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 20, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 20, 2010 |

I probably should’ve shown this much earlier in the day — at this point, it’s already nearly 24 hours old. But, I haven’t actually seen it posted around the web much today, and for those of you who are following the late-night hullabaloo from your computer (instead of the television), and if you haven’t yet seen this clip from last night’s “The Late Show,” I think it’s illuminating.

I’m not going to rehash the entire controversy — we’ve been covering it for two weeks, and I think I said most of what I wanted to say about it here. But, it is worth noting that Jay Leno came out on his show a couple of nights ago and addressed the situation. He was candid. And sincere. Or at least, he created the impression that he was, which is what Dave addresses in the video below, specifically this part of his little monologue the other night:

Don’t blame Conan O’Brien. Nice guy, good family guy, great guy. He and I have talked, and not a problem since then. That’s what managers and people do; they try to get something for their clients.

(You can watch the entirety of Leno’s statement here, if you have the stomach for it).

Anyway, that’s the part that Dave is addressing, and I believe in this clip, he also makes reference to something that Leno did back in ‘93, during the chaos that ensued when Carson left “The Tonight Show,” which was to hide in a closet while an NBC executive discussed the situation with Dave.

Good stuff, right.

And in case you didn’t see this (Dan embedded it in his piece for The Houston Press), this is the best evidence yet of Jay Leno’s hypocrisy. It’s a video from 2004, and it’s very damning:

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