Rivalry? What rivalry?
Late night talk show hosts Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon, who've been pitted against each other as rumors fly that NBC is mulling a changing of the guard, made light of their situation Monday night -- by belting a show tune together.
"Tonight, tonight, who's going to host 'Tonight'? Is it going to be Jimmy or Jay?" the pair sang in a parody of "Tonight" from the Broadway musical "West Side Story."
The rumor mill has Fallon, 38, taking over 62-year-old Leno's job as host of NBC's "Tonight Show" -- and Leno has responded with pointed barbs at his employer that have seen his ratings rise.
"In the news, they say I'm replacing you, they think that I can woo, the demo," Fallon sang.
Leno responded: "So the network says, here's an idea: pack your bags, take a hike, NBC-ya!"
We're still friends, right?
The carefully choreographed bit capped a day-long NBC promotional blitz that included a 30-second teaser video on Fallon's YouTube channel.
A beleaguered Leno exits the "Tonight Show" set in Los Angeles at the beginning of the four-minute skit, hounded by reporters asking him if the rumors of his demise are true.
Meanwhile in New York, a pensive-looking Fallon -- surrounded by speculative press clippings in his dressing room -- gets a call from Leno. "Hey kid, how you holding up?"
"Okay, I guess," Fallon answers. "You?"
"I'll live. I've been through this before you know," Leno deadpans. "I've got to admit I'm getting sick of all this."
Looking for reassurance, Fallon says: "Jay, can I ask you something? We're still friends, right?"
Leno: "Of course we're still friends."
Cue the orchestra
Confidence restored, Fallon breaks into song -- quickly followed by Leno -- with all the subtlety of, well, a show tune.
Although the bit had the apparent blessing of the network, there were no sacred cows.
Leno brags of his ratings, now at a seven-week high, even as NBC may be plotting to usher him off the air in favor of Fallon's appeal to younger demographic groups.
Talk about another network that might want to pick up a successful talk show host? Sure.
"I've got Fox on the line," Leno croons.
Maybe the comedians hate each other. Maybe they don't.
The entertainment press sure likes to pit the funnymen against each other.
But doesn't music make things better?
"Tonight, tonight, why do they say we fight?" the pair sang.
"I like you. You you like me. We're okay."