Jay Leno isn’t laughing at what has become of late-night television.
The former “Tonight Show” host revealed in a new interview that he is disappointed with how politics has taken on such a prominent role in the genre he dominated for years.
Leno kicked off the interview by being asked by “Today” show co-host Al Roker if he misses his former gig, to which the 68-year-old emphatically replied, “no.”
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.”
He added: “Now it’s all very serious, I’d just like to see a bit of civility come back to it.”