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Erin Strecker
May 09, 2013 AT 01:47 PM EDT

You don’t want to bite the hand that feeds you — a lesson that Craig Ferguson laid out for Jay Leno last night when Ferguson was a guest on The Tonight Show.

The two men were discussing a recent incident where an air conditioner unit at The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson began to leak, forcing staff to move part of the audience onto the stage where the band would typically play — if they had a band. Ferguson explained that that wasn’t a huge problem because they can’t afford a house band. Leno — who obviously has had his own problems with network heads — told Ferguson he had to stick up for himself. “You’ve got the No. 1 network – you think these cheap bastards would give you a band,” Leno half-joked. “You tell [CBS president] Les Moonves to give you a band!”

Ferguson, however, insisted he didn’t want to get involved. “If they don’t know who you are, they can’t fire you!” he explained to a laughing Leno.

Watch the clip below:

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