Lefty HBO host John Oliver lashed out at Jay Leno on Sunday, trashing the former Tonight Show star after he called for more balance in political comedy. Instead of focusing on Leno’s call for more fairness, Oliver attacked the comedian as a hypocrite. In a segment on public shaming and Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky, the Last Week Tonight host noted that some comics regret their ‘90s jokes about the White House intern: “Many comedians have since publicly expressed regret about things they've said, although one who hasn't, and who was among the most relentless, was Jay Leno.”
Former Tonight Show host Jay Leno tried to walk back some of his comments he made this week about late night comedy, on The View, Wednesday. Perhaps because President Trump seized on the comments, Leno clarified to the hosts that he “loved” the anti-Trump lineup on television and peppered his interview with high praise for President Obama.
Appearing on the third hour of NBC’s Today show on Tuesday, former Tonight Show host Jay Leno lamented how “everyone has to know your politics” now if you’re a late-night comedian. He mentioned that he prided himself on not letting viewers know his political views and feared that many comedians have become too “one-sided” when it comes to politics.
The liberal media will never forgive Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon for momentarily treating Donald Trump like a normal guest when the then-presidential candidate appeared on the show last September. New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff returned to the subject in a long profile of Fallon, with particular focus on the crime of Fallon playfully mussing Trump’s hair as a harmful humanization of the man, and implying that fateful incident caused Fallon’s show to be overtaken in the ratings by more left-wing ideological competition like the vulgar Stephen Colbert. The online headline: “Jimmy Fallon Was on Top of the World. Then Came Trump.”
During the March 31st season finale of ABC’s Last Man Standing, Outdoor Man store manager Mike Baxter (Tim Allen) was able to work in four quips with a political nature. Mike’s daughter, Mandy (Molly Ephraim) is fulfilling a business management class assignment by shadowing Mike for twenty hours in the store. She tests out her skills in handling conflict resolution using a textbook and jumping between Joe (Jay Leno) and Chuck (Jonathan Adams), who both want to pitch for the store’s softball team. Along the way, Mike shows her how he handles the bickering between Joe and Chuck which includes taking a swipe at former President Obama and also declaring he could solve the problem of ISIS.
NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt slammed presidential candidate Donald Trump, calling him "toxic" and "demented," after his network spend more than a decade building his image. In a Facebook post he later deleted, Greenblatt lamented the “sad state of affairs” created by “pompous businessman turned reality TV star” Donald Trump.
NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt disputed the notion that his network was responsible for Donald Trump nabbing the republican presidential nomination. "There's really not that much of a correlation between one and the other," Greenblatt said in reference to Trump’s appearance on television and his success as a presidential candidate.
Donald Trump officially launched his presidential bid in 2016, but according to an NBC producer the campaign started “decades” earlier in NBC appearances. For years, Trump campaigned on NBC and CBS late night shows reiterating talking points similar to ones he’s used in his presidential campaign, according to former Tonight Show producer Dave Berg’s July 11, USA Today op-ed.
Former longtime Tonight Show host Jay Leno returned to the deliver part of the monologue on Wednesday’s show for current host Jimmy Fallon (as the show was held in Los Angeles for the week) and Leno used the opportunity to pan Republicans but also the Clintons for their countless scandals, Bernie Sanders over his age, and Donald Trump for his disdain of Megyn Kelly.
Jay Leno made another cameo appearance on Last Man Standing with Tim Allen, and the two were back to their old hijinks. In the episode “Mike and the Mechanics,” the comedians rip on each other through their characters Mike and Joe, joking about Allen sticking to TV sitcoms and Leno leaving "The Tonight Show," respectively.
Appearing as a panel member on Friday's Real Time with Bill Maher, comedian Jay Leno compared GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump to Adolf HItler as the group discussed Trump's talk of requiring all illegal immigrants to leave the country before being considered for reentry.
Two comedians walk into a garage... No joke, that's exactly what happens in the most recent episode of the ABC sitcom Last Man Standing, featuring a cameo appearance by former Tonight Show host Jay Leno. In "The Road Less Driven," Leno, who is a car fanatic, plays a mechanic named Joe who has sold an old Impala to Tim Allen's Mike Baxter, also a known car enthusiast back from his days of playing Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor on ABC's Home Improvement. Mike is checking out Joe's garage when he makes a quick jab at Obama and over-regulation.