Conan O'Brien and David Letterman teamed to snark on Jay Leno last night as Conan paid his first visit to Dave's Late Show in 13 years.
After Conan made his entrance and sat down in the guest chair next to Letterman, the two sat in a silence for a minute, and Letterman said, "I think the longer we just sit here, the more uncomfortable it will make Jay."
Added Conan: "You know Jay's watching right now.You know he's … he's getting a live feed in a satellite truck right now. He's watching every second." Then he imitated Leno, saying, "Dave looks unhappy. He's gonna pack it in soon.'"
Said Letterman: "Forgive me for making this all about me, but that's kind of what I do-aaI was delighted by everything that happened, except you losing your job," Letterman said, referring to the controversy that erupted when O'Brien stepped down as host of The Tonight Show in January 2010.
"I will tell you," O'Brien said, "and this is honest. The only consolation I took during that period was that you were happy…"
Letterman laughed: "What a humanitarian."
O'Brien then joked, "…I did, I felt this is, uh, sometimes Dave seems a tad unhappy in his life, and if this is bringing you some measure of joy, then to hell with my career, you know?"
Replied Letterman, "And, you know, I refer to that period as 'The Golden Age of Television,' really."
Conan laughed. "The period when I lost The Tonight Show, that brief week and a half period, for you, is the golden age of broadcasting!"