Late Night Host Fires Back After Leno Criticizes the Industry

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March 18, 2019Mar 18, 2019

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.

Leno's comments were met with harsh criticism from other individuals in the industry. Now, another late-night host is firing back and calling out Leno.

John Oliver opened up about Jay's words and called them hypocritical. He used Leno's own jokes against him.

"The 41-year-old comedian said he believes some good can come of public shaming, before admitting he himself has gone too far — including a Monica Lewinsky joke he was part of during a 2008 episode of 'The Daily Show,'" wrote Fox.

"Many comedians have since expressed regret about things they have said about her, although one who hasn’t – and was among the most relentless – was Jay Leno,” Oliver said. “Those jokes have not dated well in any sense of the word. And they are pretty rough, especially coming from a guy who just this week complained about late night TV saying that he would like to see ‘a bit of civility come back’,” the 'Last Week Tonight' host said.

Leno has yet to respond to the comments. It will be interesting to see if he addresses the double standard.

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