What Did Jay Leno Tell Oprah? Not Much You Haven't Heard Before

Jay Leno performing in his January 19 show.

Jay Leno, performing here on January 19, talked to Oprah about all the hubbub. Associated Press hide caption

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Today's Oprah Winfrey Show hasn't aired yet here, but while it aired in Chicago, Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune was kind enough to take copious notes.

Based on what Mo has to say, after seeing this, people who think Jay Leno is the victim of unfair treatment (including Jay Leno) will continue to think so; people who think he's been acting sketchy will continue to think that, too. He mostly repeats the same arguments he's been using for quite a while, the leading one of which is that he was "fired" twice by NBC: once when it asked him in 2004 to agree to step down in five years, and once this year, when it took him out of the 10 PM job he didn't want and put him back in the 11:35 PM job he did want, which is a little bit of an interesting definition of "fired," to say the least.

The most interesting tidbits:

• Leno's claim that he couldn't possibly have had any power to get



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