Friday, January 29, 2010

Bonus Quote of the Day*

"It's kind of funny, you know, celebrities usually go on Oprah with these intense, serious interviews to get support from the public after they had sex with their father or married Bobby Brown or something. Jay Leno went on because they gave him The Tonight Show back. So please, keep him in your prayers."

-- Jimmy Kimmel

The Huffington Post: Leno on Oprah: Is Jay Leno Permanently Damaged by Tonight Show Battle?/1.28.10

Update, 11:38am: This is great. My favorite thing about it, oddly? The flagrant, gleaming American flag pin.

*Because it's Friday and I'm all about hassle-free content.


Alanna said...

ha ha HAAAAA - he NEVER saw this coming!? He was on one of TWO participants in this exact same waltz 17 years earlier. He's so full of mierda!

Jester said...

Someone needs to flat-out ask Jay: "If Johnny Carson had said in public in October 1992 that he'd love to have his old job back, what do you suppose would have happened to you? You might recall you were doing equally poorly in the ratings at that point."

The fact that Jay sees himself as some sort of victim in all this, instead of one of the main perpetrators, just disgusts me.

The funniest thing about this whole deal, though, is how short-sighted it is. How long do Jay and NBC suppose he can keep doing this? Johnny himself only lasted to 67, and Jay at 60 a) looks worse than Johnny did at 67, and b) Johnny didn't have to go on the air in HD.

But say Jay bucks the odds and somehow lasts 5, or even 7 years. Then what? The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon? Ha. He seems like a nice enough guy, but damn, is he green. It takes 15 years to build up a schtick and an audience. Conan would have given him that time. Re-Jay won't. But Jimmy will likely expect to be given the Tonight Show when Jay quits for a second time. And NBC would be fools to give it to him.

Which means we get to do this whole thing AGAIN in 2016 or so.

Anonymous said...

The thing is, if The Late Shift (movie) was accurate, when Leno started he was tanking badly enough that NBC did offer Letterman the job. And Leno launched with no established competition.

Carson himself advised Dave not to do it, and go to CBS and do a show on his own terms.

If Letterman had done to Leno what Leno did to Conan, and just blamed Leno for not pulling in the ratings, who knows if anyone would remember Leno today.

Deacon Blue said...

Holy shit. I was willing to give Jay the benefit of the doubt that he was still a nice guy who just let his ego get in the way a little. But he was just oozing utter douchiness to me in that segment. I didn't see a single spark of sincerity in those statements. Just a hollowness.

So now I finally know what it looks like to be a person who's sold his soul to the devil.


Anonymous said...

Jay Leno isn't funny AT ALL! He's mean and has terrible timing.

Leno wasn't doing well @ 10, he should have been shit canned. He must have enough money by now that he can retire and not worry or he could sell a couple of cars to make his house payments.

Anonymous said...

Jimmy Kimmel is so pretty in that picture. Wait, I think I see the word "sex" in the iced bourbon in his glass. Is he trying to tell me something?

Anonymous said...

His pulsing glare pierced my soul and his moist lips said, "Come hither."

Kevin M. Hagerman said...

If Letterman had done to Leno what Leno did to Conan, and just blamed Leno for not pulling in the ratings, who knows if anyone would remember Leno today.
THANK YOU; I came to make much the same point. No one remembers that when the suits at NBC saw they were going to lose Dave, they offered him the Tonight Show! Jay even spoke to the press when the CBS deal went through to point out he hadn't been fired.

Maybe the Tonight Show IS his destiny. Twice now Jay Leno owes his job to someone else doing the right thing.

em said...

I'm just waiting to see what NBC does in terms of promos for the Tonight Show. Actually, that would mean that I would have to watch NBC in the first place, so guess I'll have to wait around for someone else to tell me what they're like.