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Report: Jay Leno invited to be former rival David Letterman’s guest on ‘Late Show’

They were so young, weren’t they? Jay Leno appeared as a guest on David Letterman’s old late-night show on NBC.
They were so young, weren’t they? Jay Leno appeared as a guest on David Letterman’s old late-night show on NBC. Associated Press

This hasn’t been confirmed yet, but our fingers are crossed that Jay Leno says yes to the invitation to be a “Late Show” guest before David Letterman leaves the show on May 20.

On Wednesday, TV Insider quoted sources inside the “Late Show” family who say that the invitation was extended last year before Leno left the “Tonight Show” on NBC. The report is unclear whether the two men spoke to each other or the invitation was an idea floated between their producers.

Leno is playing coy, telling the TV Insider last week at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference, “I haven't heard that. I’ll have to check into that.”

When Johnny Carson retired in 1992 many people assumed that Letterman, who was hosting “Late Night with David Letterman” for NBC, would ascend to “The Tonight Show” throne.

But when NBC hired Leno instead, Letterman packed his bags and the following year launched the “Late Show” opposite Leno on CBS.

Leno reportedly has never appeared on Letterman’s CBS Show, though he was a guest on “Late Night with David Letterman.”

So people, we’re talking TV history here if this meeting of the late-night giants happens.

We demand a pillow fight.

Stay tuned.

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