David Letterman Mocks Jimmy Fallon on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

David Letterman threw some shade at Jimmy Fallon during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night.

Early on in the interview, Letterman brought up the other late night hosts who are currently on the air, and he threw in a jab at the current host of The Tonight Show.

“By the way, for the purpose of this conversation, I have nothing but the highest regard for all of the talk show men and women, even Jimmy Fallon,” Letterman said. “I’ll include him.”

This came as Letterman was talking about the fact that all of the late night hosts were saying nice things about him when he retired and that he sent them gifts. Indeed, Jimmy Fallon heaped praise upon David Letterman when his tenure at The Late Show ended.

“That type of stuff had never been done on TV before,” Fallon said at the time. “…I think that this show, and what late night has become, is a result of him playing with the genre, and experimenting and exploring. And I, like every kid that grew up watching him, will miss him.”

Letterman has previously spoken about Jimmy Fallon and suggested that he should have handled his interview with Donald Trump differently. While speaking with Vulture earlier this year, Letterman suggested that Fallon should have had tougher questions for Trump and said that he would have handled the interview differently.

“I don’t want to criticize Jimmy Fallon, but I can only tell you what I would have done in that situation: I would have gone to work on Trump,” Letterman said.

David Letterman at The New Yorker Festival 2016 - David Letterman Talks With Susan Morrison at MasterCard Stage at SVA Theatre on October 7, 2016 in New York City.
David Letterman at The New Yorker Festival 2016. | Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images

Although Letterman has never really had any sort of public beef with Jimmy Fallon the way that Conan O’Brien had with Jay Leno, Letterman has said that part of the reason he retired from The Late Show was that he was having trouble competing with Jimmy Fallon and his ability to create viral videos.

“I hear about things going viral and I think, ‘How do you do that?'” Letterman told Rolling Stone in 2015. “I think I’m the blockage in the plumbing.”

Of course, the successor to David Letterman was not Jimmy Fallon but Stephen Colbert, who had a rocky start but who helped take the show to #1 in the ratings partially due to his focus on politics and on criticizing Donald Trump. Colbert’s Late Show has also emphasized viral clips more than Letterman’s did, with almost every single segment of the Late Show being uploaded to YouTube and with many receiving millions of hits.

David Letterman is set to return with a new Netflix show in 2018. Letterman did not reveal anything about this show on Jimmy Kimmel Live, but it has previously been reported that the show will consist of six, hour-long episodes and it will be a combination of interviews with guests and in-the-field pieces.