Friday, May 17, 2024

Jay Leno Can’t Stop Himself: Another Jab at NBC in Tuesday’s Monologue


Jay Leno can’t stop himself. He’s mad at NBC over the replacement story, he’s mad at them over Bob Greenblatt asking him to back off telling jokes about NBC’s ratings. On Monday night it was the St. Patrick’s joke about NBC execs being snakes.

On Tuesday, Leno continued:”Did you hear about this? A 28-year-old woman from Serbia has a rare brain condition where she sees everything upside down,” Leno said, setting up the joke. “The good news? She’s now been given a job at the White House as President Obama’s economic adviser.” There’s a pause. Are we safe? No. Leno continued: “Isn’t that crazy? It’s unbelievable. She sees everything upside down. In fact, she thinks NBC is at the top of the ratings.”

Johnny Carson made jokes about Fred Silverman and NBC all the time, especially during the lowliest time when the Peacock network had “Supertrain” and “Me and the Chimp.” But times have changed, we are in the Twilight of the Gods here. Greenblatt is feeling pressure from Comcast. Leno knows how to rankle him. It’s going to be a long week.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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