Jay Leno Laments the Current State of Political Late Night Shows
Jay Leno, say what you want about him, was at least funny. Back in the day during his reign on The Tonight Show, he poked fun at both Democrats and Republicans. He even had Rush Limbaugh appear on his show, to great audience applause. But today, late night comedy has become a political bitch fest full of one-sided rants. It's not funny nor is it entertaining. Jay Leno on The Today Show weighed in, expressing how late night has become far too political:
No, it's different. I don't miss it. You know, everything now is if people don't like your politics — everyone has to know your politics.
I kind of used Johnny [Carson]'s model. People couldn't figure out: 'Well, you and your Republican friends.' or 'Well, Mr. Leno, you and your Democratic buddies,' and I would get hate mail from both sides equally. And I went, 'Well that's fabulous! That's exactly what I want.'
Jay Leno also commented on wanting to see a little civility return to the scene. Even Trevor Noah, yes THAT Trevor Noah, had to spank a few people for their treatment of Tomi Lahren. Watch WATCH: Trevor Noah Addresses Tomi Lahren Incident, Intolerant Leftists Who Sent Hate.
Here's another wild idea: if people want politics, they can turn on CNN or CSPAN and watch Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez get slapped around by people older and wiser than she is. Which is pretty much 90% of America. But if people want comedy, where they can just escape for a little and laugh, they should be able to watch comedy. So they can escape for a little and laugh.
Late night comedy has gone off the reservation, delving too far into serious political commentary with few jokes spliced in between, and always leaning to one side. That's not fun. It's not an escape. Perhaps that's why late night ratings are sinking lower than Nina Pinta's alleged IQ.