Jimmy Kimmel responded to Jay Leno's accusation on yesterday's "Oprah Winfrey Show" that Kimmel "sucker-punched" him when Kimmel appeared on Jay's show a few weeks ago.
On his own show last night, Kimmel pointed out that he didn't believe going on a comedy show and making jokes qualifies as a "sucker-punch." But he joked that having a comedian on your show and then running to Oprah to rat them out did feel a little like a sucker-punch. Kimmel was funny about it, not whiney and victimized (like Jay). Kimmel did what comedians do: he turned the dispute something funny, he didn't run to Oprah for therapy and damage control.
Kimmel said if he made a mistake when he went on Jay's show earlier this month, it was in thinking Jay would stray from his cue cards (which he did not). "He just stood there, kind of reading through the questions like a robot." Kimmel said he expected to make some jokes about the late night mess and then they'd "mix it up" a bit because, as Kimmel said, "you know, at one time he was a comedian." OUCH. And also, BULLSEYE.
Here's the video. I also love the part where Kimmel asks everyone to keep Jay in their prayers.