Jerry Seinfeld has had both David Letterman and Jay Leno onto his phenomenal Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee web series, and in both instances, the rival late-night hosts devoted much of their time to talking about each other with a clear admiration of one another, and a fondness for their old friendship (video below). It’s both interesting, and kind of sad, to be honest, to hear them talk about each other with such respect, given how little they speak to each other now.
As some have heard, Letterman did call Leno after it was announced that NBC was bumping him, again, if only to express to Leno how he felt that Jay was getting a raw deal. But according to Dave, that’s the only conversation they’ve had in years. In speaking with Howard Stern the other day, Letterman basically said that he’d held on to his grudge for too long, and that it was time to let it go.
I’m not a fan of Leno, and part of that is because I don’t think he’s funny, and the other part is because I’ve always taken Letterman’s side, but this back-and-forth suggests more than just a mutual admiration, but a lot of similarities. They’ll always be remembered together, and I think this late in their lives — especially after watching this video — that it’d be great if they could rekindle their friendship.