David Letterman Reveals His True Feelings about Jay Leno Hosting Tonight Show, Johnny Carson 1991

  • Published on Mar 31, 2011
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    David Letterman reveals how he really feels about Jay Leno being the new host of "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson in 1991. Johnny asks David if he envisions himself hosting his show 20 years from now. JOHNNY CARSON PLAYLISTS Animals

  • rwdplz1
    rwdplz1 3 years ago

    I love when Carson asks Dave if he thinks he thinks he'll be hosting late night in 20 years, and he bursts out laughing. Now it's 25 years later, and he's still at it.

  • ViXenBeats
    ViXenBeats 3 years ago

    How ironic is it that Dave said he would have been upset "IF nbc had hired him as the host of the Tonight Show, and THEN LATER TOOK THE JOB BACK"... Almost 2 decades later nbc did EXACTLY THAT to Connon (and guess who was at the center of it all, once again... yep, JAY LENO). #FuckingNbc!!!

  • dave d
    dave d 4 months ago

    At some point Dave went from funny to ARROGANT.

  • Jason Schauer
    Jason Schauer 2 years ago

    Johnny. So classy. Such a sweet guy. Dave says he wasn't listening so Johnny says I forgot what I asked. Always making folks feel comfortable. A real gift.

  • danieladougan
    danieladougan 3 years ago

    Johnny: There were rumors in the paper that you were going to firebomb NBC. Dave: I hate waiting in line, but I'd do it. Hilarious.

  • Mele
    Mele 3 years ago

    It was no secret that Carson preferred Letterman to take over the Tonight Show.

  • 3434arc1
    3434arc1 3 years ago

    Most baby boomers grew up with the great Johnny Carson. To me he's still in a class by himself.

  • DonDraperism
    DonDraperism 2 years ago (edited)

    One thing that made Carson terrific is that he NEVER trailed off into politics. Letterman started to do that toward the end of his career and it got boring fast. Carson was the master.

  • krelbar
    krelbar 2 years ago

    I still think Letterman still should have gotten the job.

  • Reev Robledo
    Reev Robledo 3 years ago

    Letterman sounds exactly like Conan...when Conan was interviewed by Dave after being screwed by Leno (do a Youtube search). They both said they were okay, but you could tell by their antagonistic humor that they were not.

  • Dante Sanaei
    Dante Sanaei 2 years ago

    at 5:40 he predicts what happens to Conan

  • Rory Stevens
    Rory Stevens 2 years ago

    People are saying Letterman isn't funny. Presumably they watched the video and caught the "waiting in line" response. If you didn't laugh at that quick response, I can't help you. I'm guessing the much less subtle Leno got the gig for reasons of a crowd like this.

  • 23v0lv32
    23v0lv32 4 years ago

    letterman is sooo much better leno

  • Daniel Dougan
    Daniel Dougan 3 years ago

    "I hate waiting in lines, but I'd do it."

  • Twaddles McGee
    Twaddles McGee 3 years ago

    Letterman was not mean just sarcastic which made for a funnier more interesting show

  • voicetube
    voicetube 3 years ago

    Wow, it's amazing as Letterman DID go 20 years beyond this interview (and a few more!).  Cool interview; thanks for posting!

  • cards1985
    cards1985 3 years ago

    Letterman should've gotten the job. Instead people had to make believe Leno was funny.

  • TheOruzu
    TheOruzu 2 years ago

    That helium story is the worst joke I've ever heard. How has anyone ever found Dave funny?

  • James Leffel
    James Leffel 3 years ago

    God, Carson was in a league of his own. Every time I hear McMahon laughing I think of Phil Hartman's impression. 

  • TheAgentAssassin
    TheAgentAssassin 3 years ago

    Johnny was smart , you don't want someone better than you taking over. Better go with Jay the safe joke telling machine.