Seinfeld On Leno: “NBC Had Guts”

by | January 10, 2010 at 9:53 PM | TV News

Jerry Seinfeld (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Jerry Seinfeld (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Ask Jerry Seinfeld who is responsible for the Jay Leno fiasco at NBC, and he’ll tell you it’s him.

“I’m sure it was my fault,” Seinfeld joked at the Television Critics Association Press Tour Sunday. After all, the comedian was the first guest to appear on the premiere of ‘The Jay Leno Show.’

“The tuxedo was way too over the top for the situation,” he quipped of his own inaugural ensemble.

Seinfeld, who is currently executive producing the upcoming NBC reality series ‘The Marriage Ref,’ said he stands by the Peacock network for their recent late night decisions.

“I’m proud of NBC that they had the guts to try something original,” he confessed.

“I was thinking about the AOL/Time Warner deal. Everyone says what a horrible deal it was, but it really wasn’t. It was just bad timing. If it happened today and you replaced AOL with Google, it would be a great deal.

“This was also the right idea but just happened at the wrong time,” he said of Leno’s halted run at 10 pm.

When talk turned to how ‘Tonight Show’ host Conan O’Brien has fared along the way, Seinfeld was matter-of-fact, admitting “I don’t think anyone is preventing people from watching Conan.”

“I can’t blame NBC for moving things around,” he said. “They can’t hit the ball for you. They can only give you the bat.”