In a fitting and genuine monologue, Late Night‘s newest recruit paid tribute to the man that, in his opinion, started it all, sharing his thoughts on Letterman’s recently announced retirement.
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With the news that David Letterman will retire next year, the narrative that has defined the late-night talk show wars for decades finally comes to a close: The mismanaged end of the Johnny Carson era of The Tonight Show, a blundered hand-off with far-reaching, long-term, biz-changing ripple effects. It immediately put CBS in the late-night business, seeded the (staggered) rises of Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and Jimmy Fallon, and settled and linked the legacies of Jay Leno (The Man Who Stole The Tonight Show. Twice!) and Letterman himself (The Man Who Should Have Been The Next Carson) long before the end of their runs. READ FULL STORY
Game of Thrones fans: Don’t challenge Peter Dinklage to a Song of Ice and Fire plot quiz.
Though the actor portrays Tyrion Lannister on HBO’s hit drama, Dinklage made a big confession to David Letterman Wednesday night: He’s never actually read George R. R. Martin’s beloved series. “George is probably going to kill my character now that I’ve confessed that,” Dinklage joked.
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Tonight, when Jimmy Fallon takes over The Tonight Show, it may sound woefully out-of-date to suggest that he in any way wants to be, or should be, or is going to be “the new Johnny Carson.” The very phrase reeks of Vegas mothballs. Over the last two decades, starting with the moment when Jay Leno launched his Attack Of The Nice Guy blandified makeover, The Tonight Show has effectively been de-Johnny-fied, and Fallon, who is 24 years younger than Leno (and would be 49 years younger than Carson if Carson were still alive), represents a brand new generation — or maybe I should say a new-brand generation — in the dominance of late night. The amazing freshness of Fallon’s appeal is that he’s looking forward, not back. READ FULL STORY
Thursday night, the late night world said goodbye to Jay Leno as his final episode as host of the Tonight Show aired. Some took the opportunity to get one final Leno joke off their chest (guess who that was?), while others pushed their past issues with Leno aside and offered their congratulations. See what Leno’s peers had to say: READ FULL STORY
Fact #1: Jay Leno has been the most popular late night host in America for the majority of the past 19 years.
Fact #2: Comedians, Hollywood insiders, and laypeople alike just love hating on Leno, and have been doing so consistently for over 20 years.
Why? In their minds, the reasons are legion: Because he stole The Tonight Show from Johnny Carson’s rightful heir, David Letterman, way back in the early ’90s. Because he refused to simply retire when NBC tried to replace him with Conan O’Brien in 2009. Because his primetime Jay Leno Show tanked, sinking Conan’s Tonight Show before it had even really begun — and eventually forcing Conan to leave NBC for good. And most of all, because they say his jokes are broad, pandering, and eminently unfunny — which is a shame particularly because once upon a time, Leno had a reputation for being one of standup’s sharpest and edgiest comedians.
So as Leno prepares for his final few Tonight Shows, he finds himself in a unique position: More widely watched than any of his competitors, yet widely reviled by the majority of his peers. How widely, you ask? Let’s take a look back at the most notable jabs, slights, and straight-up insults famous people have aimed at Leno over the years — starting shortly after NBC revealed that he, rather than Letterman, would become Tonight‘s next host. (Insert “Jay takes it on the chin” joke here.)
Bill Murray was in New York last night in advance of the Super Bowl, to promote his movie The Monuments Men, and of course, to campaign for the role of Peter Pan. Visiting his ol’ pal, David Letterman, Murray made an entrance that would’ve made Mary Martin proud — or broken her heart. Dressed in green — though looking more like Friar Tuck than Pan — and flying above the stage, Murray made his plea to NBC to star in its next live-musical. “I feel like this is my moment,” Murray said. “They’re thinking about re-staging Peter Pan, and I’m the guy.”
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Mindy Kaling defends 'Elle' cover on 'Letterman': 'It looks like I died at my most beautiful' -- VIDEO
Still not sure how to feel about Elle‘s most recent series of covers, which features three full-color, full-body shots of thin white actresses Amy Poehler, Zooey Deschanel, and Allison William — and one black-and-white close-up of Indian-American multi-hyphenate Mindy Kaling?
Well, know this: If you’re upset, Kaling doesn’t exactly want to hear your objections. “There was a weird reaction, which was, ‘Does Elle magazine think Mindy’s not skinny enough to show her whole body?'” the Mindy Project star tells David Letterman in an interview scheduled to air Friday night.
“The sort of implication, what they kept saying, was, ‘What, Elle, you can’t put her big, fat body on the magazine? Why, ’cause she’s just fat and gruesome? Why shouldn’t we look at her beautiful, fat body?’ And I was like, ‘Oookay, people who are trying to defend me.’ I just feel like they’re kind of insulting me,” she says, laughing.
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Here’s a behind-the-scenes tidbit that should warm the very cockles of your heart: Apparently, David Letterman has sent Julia Roberts flowers on her birthday every single year for the last 15 years. Well, with one exception — the star’s 46th birthday, which she celebrated Oct. 28. Oops!
The mistake may have been calculated, though — because here’s what happened when Letterman welcomed Roberts to his show Thursday night:
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