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Jay Leno is opening up for the first time since the late-night fiasco with Conan O'Brien began.

In an all-new interview, airing on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on Thursday, Leno says despite all of the back-and-forth ribbing he and Conan did, it was just a part of the job.

"They were jokes and that's okay," he tells Oprah when asked if the jokes were hurtful. "It's what we do. It's like being a fighter ... when you get punched in the head and someone asks, 'Did it hurt?' Well, yeah, but you're a fighter, that's what you do."

Leno also reveals that he does want to speak with Conan -- eventually.

"I haven't talked to him since all of this," he says. "It didn't seem appropriate. Let's let things cool down and then maybe we'll talk."

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