Jay Leno had an unexpected message for Conan O'Brien, "You're welcome," as the verbal salvos among the nighttime talk-show hosts kept flying.
"With the all the controversy going on here at NBC, actually, The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien's ratings have gone up. They've gone up. So you're welcome!" Leno exclaimed his monologue.
The latest jibes came as The Daily Beast reported that O'Brien and the network were close to a deal in which he'd receive a payout and be free to appear on another network before his contract expires.
"In other TV news ... Sarah Palin has signed with Fox News to be a correspondent. In a statement today, Fox said if Miss Palin does a good job, they'll sign her to a long-term contract. If she doesn't work out, they'll just blame Leno," the host of The Jay Leno Show said.
And Leno had Jimmy Kimmel on as a guest to ask: "What is the secret to doing a good Jay Leno impression?"