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Conan Takes Shot At Jay Leno In Monologue, Kimmel Marvels At 'Incredible Run'

While Jimmy Kimmel and David Letterman offered congratulations to rival Jay Leno on ending his successful 22 year run as host of 'The Tonight Show', Conan O'Brien couldn't help take one final shot at the comedian.

O'Brien, who was famously ousted for Leno's return after 'Tonight' stumbled in the ratings, laughed about Leno's second goodbye.

"The Olympics start airing tonight on NBC. It's very cool. That's right, NBC has the Olympics," O'Brien said. "It's a big deal."

"NBC will finally get to show somebody who is OK with passing the torch."

"I allowed myself one, but it was a good one," O'Brien smiled after the audience responded to the zinger.

Meanwhile, Kimmel chose to acknowledge Leno's final show on Twitter and said: "Issues aside, 20 years at #1 is a remarkable achievement. Congratulations and best wishes to Jay Leno on an incredible run."

Letterman also congratulated the host but included a playful jab at Leno's car collection: "Congratulations on a wonderful run, and I'll tell you something -- If I was Jay Leno and I was retiring? You know what I would do? I'd go out and buy myself a car."

Jimmy Fallon, who takes over 'The Tonight Show' on February 17, also referenced the final show and brought up the show's ratings -- which have been higher than normal for Leno's farewell.

"To Jay, we say thank you very much. He's been a great guy. We're going to miss him," Fallon said. "The ratings have been so good this last week because it's his last week that NBC is going to extend his week so we're going to have another week of saying goodbye to Jay Leno."

February 7, 2014 |

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