Before he takes his second final bow on “The Tonight Show,” Jay Leno sat down with “60 Minutes” for an exit interview to give his thoughts on giving up the reigns to the show once again and how he feels both now and when Conan O’Brien took the show.
While Leno plays the diplomat for most of his interview, though he makes it clear he didn’t want to leave the show the first time, it’s his wife, Mavis Leno, who hates that her husband was portrayed as the villain in that situation.
“There was this perception that for some reason Jay has decided to give up the show. It was like he gave the show to Conan and then he took it back,” she says. “That was not what happened, OK? That was not what happened.”
Leno maintains that he thinks Jimmy Fallon will do a good job with the show, but admits that he isn’t exactly ecstatic about being out of work. As for what happens next, Leno isn’t sure, but says another late night talk show isn’t in his future. He wouldn’t mind working on something with the History Channel, though.
Leno’s last “Tonight Show” is Feb. 6.