Jay Leno, the iconic comedian and star of NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show’ for over two decades, called-out his fellow late-night television hosts over their “depressing” non-stop coverage of President Trump, adding that there’s “such negativity now” that viewers are quickly tuning out.
The stand-up comedy legend was speaking with the Hollywood Reporter over his new television series when he veered into the current atmosphere surrounding Late Night TV, saying Americans watch TV to escape from reality, not obsess over it.
“Late-night has always been pretty topical. The only trouble is now everyone has the same topic. It’s all depressing Trump stuff,” said Leno. “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,’” he added.
Late-night television hosts, particularly Jimmy Kimmel, routinely use their programs as a vehicle to attack President Trump and the GOP. Last year, Kimmel viciously attacked the President and fellow Republicans over healthcare legislation, Roy Moore, gun control, Russia, immigration reform, and more.