Jay Leno Openly Shares What's Wrong with Late Night TV, Bashes Current Shows

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March 13, 2019Mar 13, 2019

Late night television has been a staple in America for years. Millions of people have tuned in at the end of their days to watch a funny host deliver the news of the day and some great jokes.

One of the most iconic hosts of all time is Jay Leno. He was the host of the "Tonight Show" for years and has been a massive icon in show business. Since he left the program, Leno has still stayed in the public eye and is thought of as a legend in Hollywood.

Now, he is taking aim at the current climate of late night TV. He opened up in a recent interview segment. He was asked if he misses hosting the "Tonight Show" and his answer surprised a lot of people.

“I don’t miss it. You know, everything now… everyone has to know your politics,” Leno said. “I tried to use Johnny’s model, and I would get hate mail from both sides equally and thought ‘well that’s fabulous, that’s exactly what I want’.”

“But when people see you as one-sided, it makes it tough. And, you know, I did it when Clinton was horny and Bush was dumb, and it was just a little easier. Now it’s all very serious, I’d just like to see a bit of civility come back to it."

He also opened up about why it's harder for hosts today.

"The theory when we watched the show was people just watched the news, we’ll make fun of the news and get your mind off the news. Now people just want to be on the news all the time, you just have one subject, one topic every night. It makes it very tough. All the comics – Jimmy, Colbert, everybody else – it’s tough when that’s the only topic out there," he said.

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