Jay Leno Calls Out Lat-Night Hosts For Being One Sided!

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Article by Bryan Howard

March 13, 2019

Former Lat-Night host Jay Leno appeared on NBC’s ‘Today Show’ to discuss Cholesterol and Late Night comedy. Leno slammed current Lat-Night hosts as being one sided politically and makes it hard for people to watch.

NBC hosts asked, “So it’s been five years since you left ‘The Tonight Show,’ and you see the place we are right now in this country. Do you miss being on the show? Or is it such a different time that it would be hard to do?”

Leno responded, “No, it’s different — I don’t miss it,” said Leno. “You know, everything now is if people don’t like your politics — everyone has to know your politics.”

Leno continued, “I kind of used Johnny [Carson]’s model,” he explained. “People couldn’t figure out: ‘Well, you and your Republican friends…’ or ‘Well, Mr. Leno, you and your Democratic buddies…’ And I would get hate mail from both sides equally. And I went, ‘Well that’s fabulous! That’s exactly what I want.'”

Leno stated, “But when people see you as one-sided, it just makes it tough,” Leno said. “And plus, I did it when, you know, Clinton was horny and Bush was dumb, and it was just a little easier.”

Leno noted, “You know, now it’s all very serious, everything so, so na—. I’d just like to see a bit of civility come back to it, you know?”

Leno talked about making jokes about Trump, “People say, ‘Oh, it must be easy to do jokes with Trump. No, it’s actually harder because the punch line of the joke used to be ‘That’s like the president with a porn star.’ Well, now the president is with a porn star. Where do you go with that?! … How do you get more outrageous than that?! Exactly.”

The hosts asked if he thinks the pendulum will swing back the other way, Leno concluded, “Of course, I think it will swing back the other way.”