Leno didn’t apologize for O’Brien but he did send condolences. Jimmy Kimmel

He was about to depart. The Tonight ShowLeno stated that he had received offers from several networks including ABC’s Kimmel. Kimmel called Leno at the time to ask him how he felt about Leno joining. Jimmy Kimmel LiveInstead, it would be moved back to 12:35 AM.

Leno said Kimmel agreed, but he never followed up with him after he decided to stay at NBC—which he now regrets.

Leno stated, “I suppose that I should have called Jimmy to explain it again, but I didn’t.” “I have no idea why I did not.” It was just that I didn’t. He seemed to think he would find it. He may have felt hurt and I regret that.