01/18/2010 AT 9:30 PM ET
There were no jokes this time – just the facts, as Jay Leno sees them.
In a detailed account of his side of the talk-show mess at NBC, Leno opened his lame-duck program Monday night seeking to set the record straight and try to repair relations with his – apparently temporary – Tonight Show successor.
“Through all of this, Conan O Brien has been a gentleman,” Leno said during the taping. “He s a good guy. I have no animosity towards him.”
For now, Leno said, it appeared that he would be returning as host of The Tonight Show at 11:35 p.m. after O’Brien apparently rejected moving to midnight.
“So that s pretty much where we are. It looks like we might be back at 11:30,” he said. “I m not sure. I don t know.”
Leno attributed the fiasco that sparked a war-of-monologues – with David Letterman talking potshots from the sidelines at CBS – to the ill-conceived idea of replacing him on The Tonight Show consistently finished at No. 1.