Burt Reynolds (search) said on the "Tonight" show that if he'd have been gay, it would have saved him "millions," and he joked that Willie Nelson (search) might have been his choice.

Reynolds, who worked with the great country singer in the new remake of "The Dukes of Hazzard," (search) had a famously messy divorce from Loni Anderson years ago, and recently he settled a lawsuit with ex-girlfriend Pamela Seals.

Reynolds heaped praise on Nelson's kind nature on the set of "Hazzard."

"When I worked with Willie Nelson, who is just about the nicest man I've ever worked with in my life, the sweetest, kindest man, I thought, 'If I'd have been gay, it would have saved me millions,'" he told Jay Leno in the show broadcast Thursday night.

Reynolds said that if he'd have hooked up with Nelson, they'd still be "happily together."

Reynolds, 69, plays Boss Hogg, and the 72-year-old Nelson plays Uncle Jesse in the new "Hazzard" movie, a remake of the 1970s TV show.

The movie opens Aug. 5.