Justin Timberlake Performs On The Tonight Show

*NSYNC star Justin Timberlake stopped by the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday to perform his single ‘Like I Love You’. Afterwards, he talked with Jay and his other guest actor Tim Allen. Justin addressed all the different women he’s supposedly linked to, he talked about how he acted weird when meeting ‘American Idol’ winner Kelly Clarkson, and previewed his 20/20 special with Barbara Walters which airs on Monday (November 4). Read on for a transcript.

Jay: That was great.

[ Scream that was great! How you been?

[ Screams ] You know — Tim and I were like —

>> Wait, wait, wait, wait. I have to confess, in exchange for my joke-giving, Tim actually taught me all those steps.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Jay: Tim and I were like two old guys going, oh, my god. He’s going trip on that shoelace.”

Tim: It was really funny. We were both looking at you. We’re their going, “oh, god. He’s going to trip on his shoe.”

[ Laughter ]

Justin: Stupid mistake. Won’t happen again. Won’t happen again.

Jay: This is the first time solo?

Justin: Yeah.

Jay: How does it feel?

[ Screams ]

Jay: Do you miss the guys?

Justin: Yeah, of course, you do. You miss Chris’ sense of humor, and
Joey’s funny, but oddly arousing smell.

[ Laughter ]

Jay: Are you just nuts with all the breakup stuff? I mean, does it just drive you batty everywhere you go?

Justin: I mean, I think when it first happened it was tough for me.
But I’m good now. I got a new girlfriend.

Jay: Oh.

[ Screams ] Well, you and Britney — you’re still friends?

Justin: Oh, yeah. Of course, of course.

Jay: ‘Cause now, you see, we get the tabloids every week, there’s a list of — you’re linked to different people. Now they have you —

Justin: Are we gonna go down the list of them?

Jay: Here’s Janet Jackson. What happened there?

Justin: Well, actually, we worked together on the upcoming record.

Jay: Right.

Justin: We’re friends but — I wish.

Jay: You wish, okay.

[ Laughter ] Now, Christina Aguilera was naked on the cover of this month’s “rolling stone.”

Justin: I saw that. I saw that.

Jay: Did you see that?

Justin: I saw that.

Jay: Bring back any memories?

[ Laughter ]

Justin: No.

[ Cheers and applause ] No, no.

Jay: Nothing there.

Justin: Nothing there. I’ve seen her out a couple of times.

Jay: Alicia keys.

Justin: We did some writing together. That was really the extent of it.

Jay: You have amazing self control.

Justin: Well, I think that rumor came from was we actually — we kind of linked up at the Billboard Awards. And both expressed that we wanted to write with each other both. Both loved each other’s style. So, we actually had a lunch together.

Jay: The most recent one, they got you with Alyssa Milano.

Justin: Yeah. Well —

[ Laughter ]

Jay: You’re sweating under that question.

Justin: No, um — you know —

Justin: You’re making me nervous with all this.

[ Laughter ]

Justin: You know, I’ve been dating around.

Jay: You have a dating theory.

Justin: I have a theory on dating, which I don’t. To me, dating is like a job proposal. You know, you go into a job proposal. You meet the secretary. Secretary’s always hot. Like really hot. And pleasant, happy, sense of humor.

[ Light laughter ] This goes on for about six to eight weeks for my
time line. I don’t know. Other guys in the crowd may have different time lines. Then you get the boss. You know what I’m talking about.

Tim: Yeah, I do. Yeah, I do.

[ Laughter ]

Justin: Then, you get the boss. So, I don’t date. I don’t like — it’s weird in itself. But, to me, it’s also really weird doing it in front of everybody.

Jay: Yeah, okay.

Jay: So — now you’re doing- is an hour with Barbara Walters

Justin: Yeah.

Jay: did you do that ready?

Justin: Yeah

Tim: Hold on a minute. You’re dating Barbara Walters?

Justin: That ain’t right. That ain’t right

Jay: nothing wrong with experience, pal

Justin: That ain’t right. She’s a nice lady. You take it easy on her. Take it easy on her.

Jay: Did she make you cry?

Justin: No, no. You know, she was sweet enough, she came out to my house where I grew up in Millington, Tennessee, and interviewed me out there. I had a lot of fun. I showed her where I got into many mischievous experiments in my front yard.

Jay: Now tell me about Kelly Clarkson. You met her.

Justin: Yeah, I did, actually. Really, I want to apologize on the air to her, if she ever watches this, Kelly, I’m sorry. Because when I met her, throughout all the legal woes that I’ve been through, and I’m only 21, you know? I just, like, all of a sudden felt this need — watching the show, the show was really weird.

Jay: Right.

Justin: And I can see where the fascination is because the couple of times I got to watch it I was like — [ Whispering ] You know? But I just felt this need to be like a caretaker, you know? “Are you okay? Is your management good?” You know?

Jay: Right, right.

Justin: “How many dotted lines did you sign across?”

Jay: Yeah, yeah. You’re like a big —

Justin: But I think I kind of embarrassed myself, because it was a little overwhelming. “Hey, you’re the winner. So –” [ Laughter ] I went straight into grilling her.

Jay: But your heart’s in the right place.

Justin: Right.

Justin: That’s right.

Jay: Well, “Justified” is the CD. Justin, always a pleasure

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