Late-Night Comedians Won’t Stop Bashing Trump, So Jay Leno Gives Them Brutal Reality Check
Gone are the days when comedians put laughs above politics. Nowadays, every late-night television host seems to be the same breed of a one-trick pony, and bashing President Donald Trump is their only calling card. Well, Jay Leno has something to say about that. He didn’t hold back either, dishing out a brutal reality check that his colleagues sorely needed to hear.
Leno was interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter this week, and he shared an unexpected perspective on all of the Trump-bashing going on between current late-night television hosts. Their jokes are “depressing,” he said, and not funny at all, considering there’s no originality.
It’s been almost four years since Jay Leno signed off of NBC’s The Tonight Show, and to hear the former late-night staple tell it, he doesn’t miss having that platform.
Currently the host of CNBC docuseries Jay Leno’s Garage, the car enthusiast is still an avid consumer of late-night fare, watching his Tonight Show successor Jimmy Fallon and NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers as well as ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live and CBS’ The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, among others.
The Hollywood Reporter caught up with Leno at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, where he appeared Tuesday night to support Garage, to get his thoughts on how late-night hosts are covering President Donald Trump, if he misses having a platform and if, like David Letterman, he’d want to return to the desk for a streaming show. [Source: The Hollywood Reporter]
“Late-night has always been pretty topical. The only trouble is now everyone has the same topic. It’s all depressing Trump stuff,” said Leno. “Now, it’s all anti-women, anti-LGBT, anti-Muslim, anti-Mexican, anti-Salvadoran; it’s such a negative thing,” he continued.