Jay Leno, still chewing on some sour Late Night grapes, recently said that Jimmy Kimmel‘s ratings are dipping because he has a “mean streak.” (Leno also said Kimmel is talented and funny.) Leno actually knows firsthand that Kimmel can bring the venom — Kimmel gave Leno the business on Leno’s Tonight Show back in 2010, when Leno controversially took back the show after a short-lived Conan O’Brien tenure.
Kimmel doesn’t need anybody to defend him from Leno, who now does a show about cars on CNBC. But Howard Stern doesn’t need an invitation. Stern took up for Kimmel who he likes, saying “no one is more cruel than Jay Leno.” Stern added that, “Jimmy Kimmel is one of the nicest guys on the planet.” Leno is not soon scheduled to appear on Kimmel’s show, but he’s an excellent candidate for a solid “Mean Tweets” segment. They could all be tweets by Howard Stern! Here’s a start, from this week’s radio show: “Jay Leno is putting his enormous chin where it doesn’t belong,” Stern said. That’s just 62 Twitter-friendly characters.