With Conan O’Brien’s first visit as a guest of David Letterman in 13 years, the late-night hosts’ conversation turned to their common rival: Jay Leno, reports Bill Carter in The New York Times.
"The two men traded barbs about Mr. Leno on Thursday night, about how he would surely be watching the interview, and what kind of relationship Mr. O’Brien had with him, before and after the ‘Tonight Show’ turnaround,” Carter writes.
"Mr. Letterman made an observation he has long made about Mr. Leno: that as a stand-up comic in the 1970s, he was ‘the guy.’ But he told Mr. O’Brien that even then, Mr. Leno was ‘a bit of a brat,’ " the story notes.
The story adds, "Of course, the biggest thing the two comics have in common is that they both lost the ‘Tonight Show’ to Mr. Leno, and the scar has apparently not healed for either of them."
Here are a couple of pertinent clips from O’Brien’s appearance: