Jay Leno finds all the Trump bashing on talk shows very depressing
Jay Leno is lamenting that late-night TV has been overrun with “depressing Trump stuff.”
Jay Leno, who served as host for his late night talk-shows for a whopping 22 years, said his piece regarding the current political climate and the quality of comedy which is suffering a major crisis at the moment.
"Late-night has always been pretty topical," Leno said. "The only trouble is now everyone has the same topic. It's all depressing Trump stuff."
He added, "The trouble is that there's such negativity now. When I did the show, Bush was dumb and Clinton was horny and it was human problems. Now it's all anti-women, anti-LGBT, anti-Muslim, anti-Mexican, anti-Salvadoran; it's such a negative thing. God bless all the late-night hosts, they make it funny, but ultimately, it's depressing. You don't really watch late-night TV to get away from reality anymore; now it's more in your face.”
Lamenting on the fact that TV hosts are nowadays mixing their activism with their professions, Leno said that mixing the two results in an unsettling combination.
"You laugh but then you go to bed going, 'Oh man, the world is really pretty rough.' And it's not, it's one man that causes all these problems!"
When asked whether he'd like to take another shot at the talk-show métier, Leno responded by saying:
"I had my platform and I enjoyed it for 22 years. But at some point, it turned into a young person's game. At some point, you need to step back and say, 'I did it.' I was lucky enough to live in a time when we did very well and the show was No. 1 and then say thank you and step back."
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Unlike David Letterman, who has started his own streaming service in the form of a series, Leno said that he loves what he's doing now and wouldn't want to get back to hosting late-night shows.
“Not really. I like what I'm doing,” Leno said. “To me, I like talking to regular people and seeing what I can draw out of them. I'm sure Dave will be excellent, he always does a good show.”
Leno also spoke about the time Donald Trump was elected as President, and how his wife was gravely upset at the news. She thought that it was a huge blow to the feminist movement and things would get worse.
To console his wife, the former host apparently told his wife that it would be “the greatest thing that ever happens in the women’s movement.”
“My wife was so depressed when Trump was elected but I said, ‘This will be the greatest thing that ever happens to the women's movement.’ Because even men who are apathetic are going, 'Whoa, wait a minute.'"
He pointed out that although Harvey Weinstein, who was recently accused of sexual misconduct with Hollywood starlets, did stir up the women's psyche, it was Trump's election that really started making waves across the country.
Leno said, “but Trump really started [the groundswell]. Seven hundred and fifty thousand women showed up for that [women's] march on three days' notice. That was unprecedented.”
“I think it's ultimately a good thing; sometimes you have to hit people in the head with a two-by-four to make them aware." Leno added, referring to the Republican's election to President.
Ultimately, contributing to the political discourse, Leno gave his two cents on the current administration. He said :
“People are so incensed by Trump and what he does. But the country is actually OK — unemployment is down, people are working — so ultimately some good will come out of it."
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