Leno and Fallon sing duet over "Tonight" show rumors, but Leno still holds grudge

The two reconciled with a "West Side Story" song, but Leno continued to trash NBC in his opening monologue


Prachi Gupta
April 2, 2013 5:02PM (UTC)

Early Tuesday morning, NBC aired a sketch in which Jimmy Fallon and Jay Leno, who are currently warring over Leno's coveted "Tonight" show spot, seemingly reconcile. Fallon asks Leno, "We're still friends, right?" The two then break out into a duet appropriately to "Tonight, Tonight" from Broadway musical "West Side Story," about two rival gangs in New York.

Fallon: Tonight, tonight, who's gonna host "Tonight"? Is it gonna be Jimmy or Jay? Tonight, tonight, where will they tape "Tonight"? In New York? Will it stay in L.A.?

Leno: Tonight, tonight, my ratings were all right. Twenty years, and I'm still in first place. Tonight, "Tonight", I've got Fox on the line. Or maybe I could take over for Dave?

In unison: Tonight, tonight. Why do they say we fight? I like you. You like me. We're okay. Tonight, tonight, who cares who hosts "Tonight"? We both just want our line the next day.

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But don't let the buddy-buddy performance (which Deadline surmises was a ploy to boost ratings) fool you. On his show, Leno cut into NBC for the umpteenth time, even comedians Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart and Jimmy Kimmel joined in on the joke, via Vulture:


Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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