The host of ABC’s late-night entry Jimmy Kimmel Live! tweeted his well-wishes to the officially named future host of Tonight on Wednesday, writing, “congratulations to my dear, sweet @jimmyfallon – a formidable rival and an incredible lover.”
Kimmel, whose show began broadcasting at 11:35 in January, has long been publicly critical of Leno, whom he has hated since the now-departing host earned the Tonight Show job over David Letterman — Kimmel’s hero — in 1992. He also harbors resentment over Leno’s flirtation with ABC, which included befriending Kimmel, before deciding to stick with NBC.
Speaking of Leno’s comedy act, Kimmel told Rolling Stone in January, “As a comedian, you can’t not have disdain for what he’s done. He totally sold out. He was a master chef who opened a Burger King.”
More recently, he told CNN that he would be happy to be the reason Leno lost his program.