The original Cold War ended more than 20 years ago, but the frosty relationship between Jay Leno and David Letterman continues.
Or does it? That question is what makes their “feud” — if it is one — so fascinating. And as the years go by, we want to know: Are these two guys enemies, friendly rivals or maybe even secret friends who talk on the phone every once in a while or send each other Christmas cards, all while pretending to be feuding by taking pokes at each other on their respective late-night shows?
A case in point: Wednesday night’s all-too-brief bit on “The Tonight Show” in which Leno showed some drawings done by schoolchildren in Oregon who had been assigned to draw pictures of Jay and Dave. The drawings were crude and kid-like, of course, and yet, Leno fared somewhat better than Dave, who was drawn in the two renderings shown as a little old man. (For the record, Leno’s 61; Dave’s 64.) And Jay was pretty gleeful about that.
Meanwhile, Letterman’s “Late Show” had a repeat from back in October Wednesday night on CBS. But that night’s “Top Ten” just happened to include a dig at Leno.
The “Top Ten” was the “Top Ten Things Overheard at the Gadhafi Funeral.” The list included this one: “No. 2: Nice of Leno to send flowers!”
Last May, we suggested here that Oprah Winfrey try and get Dave and Jay for a joint, sitdown interview in her final weeks when she was winding down her old daytime talk show. As is typical, our request was ignored.
However, we still feel that a joint appearance on TV — other than a 20-second commercial during the Super Bowl — featuring Jay and Dave defining their relationship once and for all and perhaps refereed by Winfrey or Barbara Walters — would be a ratings bonanza for any network, at least among the older demos.