Jay Leno explained why he didn't appear on Letterman's finale and it's just as petty as you'd expect.

Jay Leno explained why he didn't appear on Letterman's finale and it's just as petty as you'd expect.
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In a new interview in Adweek, Jay Leno opened up about his life since leaving The Tonight Show, his new CNBC show Jay Leno's Garage, his standup career, and denim shirts. Just kidding, he didn't mention denim shirts. When it comes to denim shirts, he lets his torso do the talking.

But the most interesting point in the interview came when he was asked about David Letterman's departure from The Late Show. The interviewer pointed out that many people expected Leno to show up in those final episodes and reference the two hosts' longstanding feud.

Jay Leno explained why he didn't appear on Letterman's finale and it's just as petty as you'd expect.
The Feud (artist's interpretation)

From Leno's response to the question, you can tell that the fact that they're both retired from late night doesn't mean the feud is over.

One of the biggest questions counting down to David Letterman's farewell was whether you were going to show up at the end. What was behind your decision to stay away?

Well, I asked Dave to do a 10-second tape for us [when I left]. Anything, just, "Leno who?" They said no, they didn't want to do it. Well, why am I going to run all the way to New York? I mean, quid pro quo. I just said, "No, that's kind of silly."

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There's something unnerving about Jay Leno saying "quid pro quo." Although his reasons for snubbing Letterman seem petty, it also seems like Letterman was being petty first. Really, both of their actions are consistent with a feud that dates back more than 20 years. But you would think that now, at least, they would have gotten over their differences and ascended to Talk Show Host Enlightenment.

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