Sunday, May 26, 2024

Jay Leno Jabs At NBC Twice Friday Night: About a “Knife in His Back” and Being Sent on a Carnival Cruise


Jay Leno made it a fifth night in a row on Friday telling jokes about and jabbing at NBC. Leno is in a tug of war for the third time in his career with NBC over who should host the Tonight show even though he remains at the top of the ratings. Adding to the jokes of the last four days, Leno gave it to the network twice on Friday. The first joke was the best:

“Doctors in Canada were shocked after pulling a three-inch knife blade from the back of a 32-year old man. The knife had been in there for three years! Imagine that, the guy had a knife in his back for three years. He must’ve worked at NBC too. I was stunned by that.”

And the second at least referenced his dinner last night with NBC brass even though it didn’t seem to have done much good: “Have you heard about this alleged feud that I’m having with NBC? I think it’s going to be OK. This is real: I had dinner last night with a bunch of NBC executives. To make it up to me, what they did, they are sending my wife and I on an all expenses paid Carnival cruise. How about that? So it looks like it’s going to be OK. How about that? Fantastic!”

And now, a weekend break. When the Dowager Countess asks on Downton Abbey: “What is a week- end?” the new answer will be: two days in which Jay Leno and NBC lay off each other. We’ll miss them until Monday!

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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