Jimmy Kimmel Fires Back: Jay Leno is No Longer a Comedian

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This is great stuff.

A day after Jay Leno threw himself a pity party on Oprah and referred to Jimmy Kimmel's appearance on his show as a "sucker punch," the ABC host has fired back - hilariously and accurately.

It all started when Kimmel impersonated Leno on an edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live a few weeks ago. Someone at NBC then made the ludicrous decision to invite Kimmel on to The Jay Leno Show, somehow not expecting him to mock Leno for his role in the network's late-night debacle.

As Kimmel explained in his sharp monologue last night, he expected this to be an actual comedic showdown, not some lame interview in which Leno offered no witty retorts. We'll let Jimmy take it from here...

"The mistake I made was thinking Jay would have anything other to say than what was written on the cue cards. I figured he'd get into it and mix it up. You know, at one time he was a comedian. But he just stood there, kind-of reading through the questions like a robot and then goes off and rats me out to Oprah.

"That's a sucker punch right there, he's a tattle tale.

"Oprah and I had a wonderful relationship and now it's ruined because of Jay. And by the way, watch out Oprah, don't think he won't take your show next."

Amen, in every possibly way, Jimmy. One of the most glaring results in this mess is the contrast in humor between Leno and his counterparts, Kimmel and David Letterman.

Think about Leno's funniest bits: Headlines, Jaywalking and 10@10, the segment on which Kimmel tore him apart. None of them involve actual wit or creativity on Leno's part. Literally anyone could do his job, but most people would do it with more class and professionalism.

WATCH TWO CLIPS FROM KIMMEL'S MONOLOGUE BELOW, INCLUDING SNIPPETS FROM LENO'S OPRAH INTERVIEW, PLAYED WITH THE IDEAL BACKGROUND MUSIC.

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