Joan Rivers Gives Jay Leno the Finger After Appearing on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”

Posted Thursday February 20, 2014 2:58 PM GMT

She was ousted from “The Tonight Show” by Johnny Carson back in1986 after taking a rival talk show on FOX, but Joan Rivers made her triumphant return this week thanks to new host Jimmy Fallon.

The “Fashion Police” star welcomed Fallon to the new gig and afterwards gave a not-so-friendly gesture to former host Jay Leno for carrying on the Carson embargo.

Rivers told the paparazzi at LAX, “The f***ing curse is gone. [Rivers flips the bird] To Jay! Well, Jay. Twenty-three years. I’m still here and you’re going to be selling cars.”

Joan added, “It was great. I was back and it was so much fun. I think Jimmy is so perfect for it and he’s happy to do it. It’s a pleasure. He’s a wonderful worker.”

Additionally, Rivers told Variety she’s relieved the banishment is over- “It’s about time! I’ve been sitting in a taxi outside NBC with the meter running since 1987.”