Video: Howard Stern Calls Jay Leno 'Horrible'

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Just as the Late Night Wars were starting to fade from memory, along comes Howard Stern to stir the pot anew…

On Thursday’s Late Show with David Letterman, Stern had some choice words for Dave’s archenemy Jay Leno. Watch the clip and then hit the comments with your reaction.

Comments (30)

  • Well, facts are facts – Conan’s ratings sucked on NBC and they’re not as fantastic on TBS (or is it TNT)… So, whatever. I don’t think it’s an insult AT ALL when HOWARD STERN calls someone horrible. I mean, seriously. Howard’s a dog.

    Comment by Lincoln – February 4, 2011 09:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You’re mistaken. Conan’s ratings are quite impressive. He’s been number one for quite a while since he premiered. I believe he’s been replaced now. And he has the key demographics, and the youngest.

      Comment by Esaul – February 4, 2011 02:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Stone or Fincher should make a movie about the Late Night Wars.

    Comment by Ronet – February 4, 2011 09:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nothing too new here, he’a just stating a well known fact. Just because someone gets better ratings doesn’t mean he produces a higher quality show.

    Comment by Andrew – February 4, 2011 09:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He says that Leno is horrible yet he applauds Letterman having sex with his interns. At least Leno hasn’t been a part of any scandals. Who takes what Stern says seriously anyway?

    Comment by Karen – February 4, 2011 09:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • at least leno hasn’t had a scandal? Really? Where have you been for the past year? Leno had said if his 10 show did not work, he’d bow out. Did he? No. Granted NBC did have a lot to say about this, but he took every opportunity and advantage he could to go back on his word. Reminds me of the last senate race we had here in mn.

      Comment by jill – February 4, 2011 11:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think Jay’s gotten a bad rap. He didn’t orchestrate this whole fiasco; he would have been happy if they’d left him alone on the Tonight Show when it was number one in the ratings. I’m really tired of all the talk show host taking their pot shots.

    Comment by Ellen in NYC – February 4, 2011 09:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He forced Johnny Carson out of his spot – only Johnny was far to classy to say anything about it. He just showed it through his actions – writing jokes for Letterman as well as making a couple of appearances on Letterman’s show. I don’t feel sorry for Jay in the very least.

      Comment by Bill G – February 4, 2011 09:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Bill, Carson retired after 30 years, Leno didn’t force him out. Jay was the default substitute host when Johnny went on vacation. Joan Rivers had that distinction until she went to Fox for her own show and Johnny felt she betrayed him.

        Comment by marco – February 4, 2011 11:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • No Marco, Carson didn’t just retire after 30 years, allowing Leno to step in like some patient Vice-President waiting in the wings. Leno’s representative, Helen Kushnick, threatened to take Leno, at the peak of his guest host popularity, to another network if they didn’t guarantee Jay the post-Carson Tonight Show. NBC agreed to this, signing a clandestine contract contingent on Carson’s departure, one that yet to be agreed upon. Kushnick then began to plant stories in the press about Carson ‘getting old’ that incited Carson so much that he decided to quit earlier than anyone expected. Once the news that Leno already had the gig locked up, Letterman began searching for a new gig, and Conan replaced him in his slot. There’s nothing wrong with what Leno did from a business standpoint, but Jay can’t stand to be perceived as a cutthroat ‘bad guy’, so he has to blame NBC for the whole debacle rather than admit that he was bitter about being forced out by the network. He’s the worst kind of opponent, one who stabs you in the back and then blames it on the family dog, and I have zero respect for him. Essentially, Conan went to NBC and asked for a game plan for the rest of his career, and he had options if he left the 12:30 time slot. The network was too chicken-s^&t to let him go, so they bought themselves time by concocting the 5 year transition and then forced Jay to go along with it. Leno could have come out and ripped the network at the time, and if he had, many more people would have sided with him at the time. Instead, he tried to make it look like his idea and that he wanted to retire in 5 years. Then, in the midst of the ratings debacle last year, he retroactively tries to say that he never want to leave and that it was all the network’s idea. Sorry dude – you can have your show back, but you’ll never have the respect of most of your former audience back; the ones who do like you are slowly dying off, and you’ll never get the younger people to buy into your pathetic, tame and derivative show that is an embarrassment to the legacy of Steve Allen, Jack Paar, and Johnny Carson.

          Thing about Jay’s Tonight Show legacy: there are dozens of different “Best of Carson” DVD sets out there, still popular today. How many “Best of Leno” sets are out there, almost 20 years after he took over the show? There’s no need for any, because Leno’s career highlights could fit into a file small enough to send via e-mail over a dial-up connection.

          Comment by Brundlemox – February 6, 2011 11:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Johnny retired, period. leno didn’t have any kind of sway with nbc brass against the King of late night, Johnny Carson! you’re delusional if you think otherwise. that’s like saying that a corporate vice president can force Steve Jobs “out of his spot”! think about it.

        Comment by jesseramone – February 17, 2011 12:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • @Karen – You mean other than the scandal of him stealing a job back that he gave up, right? Sheesh.

    Comment by KRG – February 4, 2011 09:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Business is business. This one just happens to be public. Does it suck? Sure. Have there been more atrocious examples in the corporate or political world? Absolutely. NBC is ultimately to blame. They didn’t want Jay to move to Fox or ABC so they decided to have his lame 10:00 show. Jay could have turned it down, but who among us would turn down a multi-million dollar contact to be on TV? Conan has more freedom where he is and his show is much funnier on TBS. Howard Stern likes to say nasty things to stir up trouble. Letterman hasn’t said much and his show has been different since his “indiscretions” have been made public. Jimmy Fallon is the true winner out of all this. His show started off rocky, but has been getting better and better. Go Jimmy!

    Comment by Jane – February 4, 2011 10:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Love, love, love Jimmy Fallon!

      Comment by karla – February 4, 2011 03:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Stern is just looking for publicity. I personally have always thought he’s the horrible one. He proves it on a daily basis.

    Comment by Leah – February 4, 2011 10:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Did Conan get shafted by NBC? Absolutely. I’m Team Coco all the way. However, I do think he came off better for it in the end. His ratings are doing well, and you can tell he’s extremely happy over at TBS. Its like he’s off the leash NBC put him on when he was on the Tonight Show, he’s gone back to his Late Night roots. Minty the Candy Cane Who Fell On The Ground, anyone?

    Comment by Jaime – February 4, 2011 11:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Howard who?

    Comment by Tek – February 4, 2011 11:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Stern had said horrible things about Letterman in the past, so what’s he up to. Kissing a$$! Not throwing the towel to Leno, he said he was leaving the show, then ended up stabbing Conan on the back. None of them worth the millions they make, none!

    Comment by tahina – February 4, 2011 12:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Facts are facts – Conan O’Brien’s 2009-10 Tonight Show ratings were higher than Jay Leno’s 2010-11 Tonight Show ratings on 22 of 34 weeks. TVbytheNumbers kept a chart:

    Comment by MockingbirdGirl – February 4, 2011 01:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • And many of those weeks were inflated by interest in his early shows (after which his ratings dropped like a rock) and his closing weeks. In fact, Conan managed to lose almost half of Leno’s audience within three months of inheriting “The Tonight Show” (and that was before Jay took over at 10:00 pm). Jay handed off a strong show to Conan; Conan handed off a much weaker show to Jay. Yet, Jay continues to have the largest audience of the late-night talk shows, while Conan’s audience is “passionate, yet relatively small.”

      Comment by Steve – February 4, 2011 08:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • IMO, they are two shows on at the same time with completely different demographics. And this war does nothing but help generate more viewers for both. But if I had my druthers, I’d prefer Craig Ferguson on in their time slot. For me, he’s the best of the bunch.

    Comment by Shar – February 4, 2011 02:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Good call! I think Craig Ferguson is the most entertaining late night talk show these days.

      Comment by Tuzo – February 4, 2011 06:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Craig is the ONLY late night host that is funny! His show is the best and the rest can go away!!!!!

        Comment by Diana – February 5, 2011 08:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Yes. Craig <3
          he's hilarious. I adore him :)

          Comment by Allyson – February 6, 2011 05:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Jay Leno is a dick.

    Simple as that.

    Comment by Midori – February 5, 2011 11:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sounds like much of what he said on Piers Morgan either last week or the week before, actually.

    Comment by DoubleRho7 – February 5, 2011 02:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Howard said nothing new. He’s made it clear he doesn’t like Jay both on his show and also on his previous appearances on Dave. He hates Jay because the guys a d-bag. Sure he pokes fun at Dave and maybe kisses butt, but you cannot argue he is extremely successful with his $500m Sirius contract.

    Comment by Nivek – February 6, 2011 01:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Your all missing the ELEPHANT in the room; this zionist jew is just sticking up for his zionist jew brother. this guy feels like he can say anything to anyone cause he knows he’s peeps dominate the industry.

    Comment by sahrien – April 7, 2011 09:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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