‘WTF’ Podcast Comedian Marc Maron Slams Fired 'Tonight Show' Host Jay Leno For Conan O’Brien Feud Before NY Comedy Festival Appearance: “He’s An Odd Guy” [VIDEO]

By Kyle Dowling (k.dowling@musictimes.com) | Nov 12, 2014 04:58 PM EST
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Comedian Marc Maron has been in New York as of late to promote his New York Comedy Festival appearance. In doing so, he stopped by Huffington Post's HuffPost Live to chat up the spot, his IFC series Maron, his podcast WTF with Marc Maron and then some –– like that whole situation between current CONAN host Conan O'Brien and the former fired Tonight Show host Jay Leno. And in fact, he just found the whole situation a bit awkward.

"He's an odd bird, dude," Maron said of Leno.

Having never been on the Tonight Show until its very end – but on Late Night with Conan O'Brien over 45 times (and a few appearances on TBS' CONAN) – Maron discussed with HuffPost Live interviewer Josh Zepp his thoughts of Leno... somewhat slamming the iconic comedian, saying, "I guess you could blame Jay for taking the show again."

Zepp then chimed in, citing you could also blame Leno's bad lead-ins when he had The Jay Leno Show for the low Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien ratings. "He was destroying the lead into the Tonight Show for having really low audience numbers for his 10:30 p.m. show." To that, Maron agreed and admitted that he has no clue as to why Leno decided to take on The Jay Leno Show, calling it perhaps a favor to NBC. "It was awkward. ... It was not good."

Following the Leno Show bashing, Maron confessed that throughout the years David [Letterman] has "been his guy" and he never really enjoyed the Tonight Show when Leno was hosting. With that, however, he did note that Leno was once-upon-a-time one of the greatest standups around. "He was a great standup and no standup would say differently."

As mentioned, the comic did go on Leno's Tonight Show just before he left for the second time in order to promote his book, Attempting Normal. On the appearance, Maron describes a moment before the show aired when Leno came into his dressing room, saying he felt some sort of "loneliness" there.

Check out the HuffPost Live piece below. For the Leno segment, skip over to the 20 minute mark.

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