USMagazine, Saturday, January 5, 2013, 11:45am (PST)
Tell Us how you really feel, Jimmy!
Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel has never been shy about his dislike for fellow comedian Jay Leno, but now that the two are going head-to-head in the same timeslot -- Jimmy Kimmel Live moves to 11:35 p.m. on Jan. 7 -- he's amping up the attacks on his nemesis.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the engaged star (his fiancee is JKL co-head writer Molly McNearney) slams the Tonight Show host as an unfunny sellout.
"As a comedian, you can't not have disdain for what he's done," Kimmel, 45, tells the magazine, alluding to Leno's storied history with late-night rivals David Letterman and Conan O'Brien. "He totally sold out. He was a master chef who opened a Burger King."
The ABC host also quips that the NBC star "hasn't been a good standup in 20 years."
Last month, Leno, 62, came under fire from longtime foe Letterman, too. Talking with Oprah Winfrey about the decades-long feud between the two, which began when Leno was named Johnny Carson's Tonight Show successor, the CBS host said he had "never met anyone quite like Jay" -- and not in an altogether good way.
"I think he is the funniest guy I've ever known," Letterman revealed in a clip from the Oprah's Next Chapter interview, airing Jan. 6. "Therefore, the fact that he is also maybe the most insecure person I have ever known...I could never reconcile that."
The Jan. 17 issue of Rolling Stone is on stands now.