Kirsters Baish| It appears as though late night talk show hosts are no longer going the path of legends such as Johnny Carson. They are no longer making Americans laugh rather than shoving politics down our throats. It would appear as though late night talk show hosts these days would rather push their liberal agenda through idiotic jokes about our president and those who support him than do what they’re being paid to do.
Jay Leno has been a well known American talk show host for years, and he has recently come forward to speak about the imbalance that he sees in the comedy world. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Leno explained that late night comedy has turned into a “depressing” anti-Trump bashfest. The point? To wreck the intellect of the minds of Americans.
Leno didn’t seem to mind that late night talk show hosts had their own opinions on politics, and he didn’t even seem to mind that they shared them with the world. He simply feels that the topics on late night television have become much too ideologically focused. This, in turn, harvests negative reactions.
The late night legend explained, “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. 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. 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!”
Don’t get the facts wrong, however. Just because Leno isn’t on board with the negativity in late night when it comes to Trump, doesn’t make him a Trump supporter. It was in the same interview with the Hollywood Reporter that Leno explained that he was supportive of the anti-Trump women’s march. He also stated that he feels that his presence has helped women to make the transition into becoming feminists. Leno has never been shy with his own personal political opinions, but he has been professional about maintaining respect for those with differing opinions than his own. Jerry Seinfeld is another comedian who put his comedy first, but also identified as an activist. One way or the other, Leno has made sure to respect all differing opinions.
Leno was asked if he wishes that he still had a television platform to make his own points about President Trump. His answer was simple. His professionalism shined through when he explained, “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.”
You can find Leno now hosting the CNBC dosuseries “Jay Leno’s Garage.” His interest and passion for cars has become a big part of his life over recently.
While Leno may not be a Trump supporter, it’s nice to see someone making such an important point about the dark corner that late night television has ventured to.