The long-running feud between late-night icons David Letterman and Jay Leno may be about to get some resolution: an “event television” moment that, while it’s still just speculation, apparently could come to fruition.
CNN reports that an appearance by Leno on Letterman’s show before Letterman signs off May 20 has been in the works.
“During an off-air pre-show Q&A with his audience on Monday, Letterman said an invite had been sent to Leno, according to a person who was in the audience,” CNN reports.
Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times tweeted about the development, and also said Letterman is trying to line up Brian Williams for a guest spot during “Late Show’s” final run of shows.
CNN adds: “The wooing is ongoing: Letterman’s producers reached out to Leno recently with a renewed offer to appear. However, there’s apparently been no word from Leno’s camp.”
The public feud between Letterman and Leno has been a staple in the media since the early ’90s, when Leno landed the job as host of NBC’s “Tonight Show” — a job Letterman had been grooming himself for. Since then, Leno and Letterman have competed for ratings while maintaining a frosty relationship.
Leno has indicated in interviews since his “Tonight Show” exit that he’s open to the idea of a spot on Letterman’s show.
A brief thaw has already happened once, in a 2010 Super Bowl spot — check it out: