Jay Leno responds to Howard’s CNN interview

Jay Leno has finally gotten around to responding to Howard Stern’s attack on him last January. Appearing during the first week of Piers Morgan’s CNN show, the intrepid shock jock, who had mildly criticized Leno in the past (like calling his performance “horrible”), accused Leno of plagiarism. “Jay is insane. And Jay is a crook. And the world knows exactly what he’s up to,” said Stern. “He steals a tremendous amount of material.”

Asked about Stern’s attack by Mediaite.com, Leno replied, “I’ve never had a reputation for taking other peoples material. But that’s Howard’s thing. If he can get any traction with it — good luck. Let me know if any other comics agree with him, and then we’ll deal with it. But Howard is Howard, that’s what he does, the idea is you try to pick a fight with somebody and then they fight with you back in the media. And I don’t do that, I just ignore him.”

2 comments

  1. To my mind, this whole feud between Stern and Leno is unwarranted and unnecessary. I mean, what initiated it? Leno’s oversight in not asking Stern’s permission to hire away the awesomely talented Stuttering John at ten times the money K-Rock was paying him? Who in their right mind wouldn’t jump at an offer like that? Anyway, did Leno’s mild (at best) lack of etiquette in failing to elicit Stern’s blessing warrant the vitriolic series of attacks Stern seems to revel in? And I’m a huge Stern fan! But right is right. Not to mention the fact that Leno was a frequent and enjoyable guest on Stern. So what’s the net result? Stern loses out on a valuable guest because of some perceived grievous insult on Leno’s part.

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