U.S host Jay Leno felt like he had been dumped by a girlfriend during his tiff with NBC producers, who announced in 2004 that he would be booted from The Tonight Show.

During an interview with 60 Minutes the 63-year-old star recalled: ''I was blindsided ... [NBC executives said] 'You're out...' and I went, 'OK.'

''You know, you have a girl [who] says, 'I don't want to see you any more.' 'Why?' 'You know, she doesn't want to see you any more, OK?' ''

Jay, who was later given his own primetime series The Jay Leno Show, believes he was unfairly targeted when NBC asked him to resume his role on The Tonight Show to replace Conan O'Brien, who quit after seven months following poor ratings.

Jay added: ''I didn't quite understand that, but I never chose to answer any of those things or make fun of any other people involved, it's not my way.''

Jay will leave The Tonight Show this spring to be replaced by Jimmy Fallon.