Jimmy said today that one reason he does not like Jay Leno was that he 'took' the Tonight Show position from David Letterman. He is full of shit. Letterman did not campaign for the position and showed no outward interest to NBC execs. In fact, he was hostile to NBC execs that had to deal with him, moody and in his own world. He 'assumed' he was the choice....not very smart. Leno was the permanent guest host on TTS and had high ratings for several years. Leno visited NBC stations when on the road to build support with the affiliates. Letterman wanted the "Carson" contract, ownership of TTS and control over 12:30. Leno took a salary and never asked for ownership of TTS or control over 12:30. NBC Exec. Warren Littlefield said choosing Jay over David was a billion dollar decision.