updated 03/17/2010 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 03/17/2010 AT 10:40 AM ET
For Jay Leno, the hits just keep on coming – from fellow talk show hosts, that is. Jimmy Kimmel visited the Late Show with David Letterman Tuesday, and the pair continued to use Leno as a verbal punching bag.
“I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed your participation in the Jay Leno scandal,” said Letterman, referring to the recent late-night talk show shakeup during which Leno replaced Conan O’Brien as the host of The Tonight Show. “I’ve known Jay a long, long time and it really got to be a lot of fun.”
Although Kimmel joked that he and Leno are “very close,” the late-night host couldn’t help but join Letterman in dissing him.
“He went on The Oprah [Winfrey] Show and said I sucker-punched him,” Kimmel said. “He’s always running to tattle to Oprah whenever something happens, and I didn’t feel like I did sucker-punch him. But then I looked it up in the dictionary and it turns out I did.”
Kimmel was referring to an interview Leno gave to Oprah Winfrey in January during which he first used that term when discussing the fall-out after O’Brien’s departure from NBC. Responding at the time, Kimmel said Leno actually “sucker-punched” him in a funny monologue on his show.