Jay Leno: Conan and I 'Got Screwed'

He thinks O'Brien will be back as a competitor
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2010 4:08 PM CDT

Jay Leno thinks both he and Conan O'Brien "got screwed" in the talk show wars, but he still doesn't understand why he ended up being the bad guy. "I know people don't really understand sort of how this business works," he tells Joy Behar of CNN. "It's all numbers. You know, the affiliates wanted us back, so we came back."

As for O'Brien, Leno thinks he'll be back. "He'll be strong and, you know, we'll all compete against one another." They're both big boys, he said. "Conan got screwed, and I got screwed. This is TV. The reason how business pays a lot of money is, when you get screwed you have something left over." (More Jay Leno Conan O'Brien stories.)

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