Jay Leno: Conan O’Brien and I ‘Got Screwed’ by NBC

Jay Leno

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updated 03/31/2010 AT 3:00 PM ET

originally published 03/31/2010 AT 3:30 PM ET

Joy Behar may have been the guest on Tuesday’s The Tonight Show, but host Jay Leno was the one who really dished.

In a short conversation backstage, Leno told Behar for her HLN show that he and Conan O’Brien were both “treated terribly” in January’s shake-up at NBC, which eventually restored him as host of The Tonight Show.

“Conan got screwed. I got screwed,” Leno said. “This is TV. The reason show business pays a lot of money is so when you get screwed you’ve got something left over.”

But Leno expects O’Brien, who recently announced a 30-city North American tour, to return to television eventually.


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