Oprah Winfrey Gets Jay Leno to Admit That He’s a Pathetic Excuse for a Man (VIDEO)

Alex Blagg / January 27, 2010

Jay Leno withstood a lot during the recent late-night war between himself and Tonight Show host Conan O’Brien. The barbs of his professional colleagues. The widespread hatred of a nation that’s solidly on Team Coco. And the growing suspicion among the general population that there’s no opportunistic low that he won’t sink to.

But clearly, he’s no match for the journalistic prowess of Oprah Winfrey. The once-and-future Tonight Show host sat down for an intense grilling with Winfrey on Tuesday and, while the chat won’t air on her show until tomorrow, a teaser-trailer for the sit-down reveals that Winfrey cracked Leno like a walnut and made him reveal just how spineless he was as O’Brien was drummed out of a job. 

In the trailer (which can be viewed here), Winfrey first shakes Leno up with such hard-hitting questions as, “When they asked you to go back, did you ever think, ‘”I’m taking away Conan’s dream?’ ” and “America has taken sides and a lot of people are not on your side. Did you ever ask yourself, well, am I being selfish?” Then she sinks her claws in, asking Leno if, during the whole ugly affair, he ever scraped up the decency to actually call O’Brien.

Leno’s answer—surprise!—is “No.” Well, actually, it’s a little more complicated than that:

Oprah: Have you talked to Conan in person?

Leno: I haven’t talked to him through all this. No. I haven’t.

Oprah: Did you want to pick up the phone?

Leno:  Yeah, but it didn’t seem appropriate.

Oprah:  Why?

Leno:  I don’t know. I think it—let things cool down and maybe we’ll talk, you know.

He didn’t think it was appropriate to call Conan? Less appropriate than swiping his job? Kudos, Ms. Winfrey, on forcing the truth on this pressing matter into the light of day. No doubt Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow are starting a slow golf clap for you from their graves.