Jay Leno Steals Bit, Forced to Give Credit

by | November 26, 2010 at 1:55 PM | The Tonight Show, TV News

Taylor Swift Visits 'The Tonight Show' (Photo: NBC)

Taylor Swift Visits 'The Tonight Show' (Photo: NBC)

Jay Leno’s not so swift.

The ‘The Tonight Show‘ host was caught stealing a video clip of Taylor Swift and was later forced to give proper credit to its creators.

On Monday’s episode featuring guest Taylor Swift, Leno aired a hilarious montage of the singer and her ‘surprised’ reactions to winning her many awards.

“We put together a little montage of you being surprised,” Leno told the country sweetheart.

But apparently, the “We put together” bit was a bit of a stretch.

Because the people who actually made ‘Taylor Swift Is Surprised’ were surprised to learn they didn’t get a shout-out of some kind for the clip when it aired on ‘The Tonight Show.’ The video compilation was made by bloggers Rich Juzwiak and Kate Spencer, and had already become popular on the Internet after running last week on Juzwiak’s blog and on VH1’s blog.

Juzwiak revealed the Swift swap in a blog post titled ‘Jay Leno Ripped Me Off’:

Sean O’Rourke, a research coordinator for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno reached out to me for permission to show my Taylor Swift Is Surprised video during an upcoming sit-down interview with the pop star … Sean assured me I and/or my blog would get credit.

The clip did indeed air, but neglected to mention Juzwiak or his site. In his entry, he also wrote:

What surprised me the most wasn’t so much that Kate and I weren’t mentioned, but that the video wasn’t credited as having originated on the Internet. This is not an obscure work — it’s racked up over 200,000 views in a week! I thought at the very least, he’d give and indication of this thing’s preexistence so that his viewers could hunt it down if they were so inclined. That was, apparently, expecting too much.

Jay Leno has been criticized by his comedic peers in the past for ‘lifting’ material, so at least this time he’s owning up to it. During the end credits of Tuesday’s ‘Tonight Show,’ an acknowledgment aired: “Last Night’s Taylor Swift Montage Provided by Rich Juzwiak of FourFour.typepad.com and Kate Spencer of Thefablife.com.”

But the real victim in all of this? Sweet little Taylor Swift has once again been unwittingly hijacked into another controversy.

Watch the Controversial Bit Below:

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