Kelsey Grammer won this year’s Golden Globe for Best Actor for his starring role in Boss, the Starz drama about a ruthless Chicago mayor, so you might be wondering why the Emmys failed to even nominate him. Jay Leno wondered, so he asked Grammer what he thought of the slight when the actor visited The Tonight Show last night. “It may have to do with several things, honestly, but I think it’s possible… I mean, I am a… I’m a declared out of the closet Republican in Hollywood,” said Grammer. He went on to say, “Do I believe it’s possible that some young person, young voting actor — or even older voting member for the Emmys — would sit there and go, ‘Yeah, that’s a great performance, but ooooooooooooh, I just hate everything he stands for?’ [Cue sarcasm.] I don’t believe that’s possible.” Watch below:
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On Monday night, Jay Leno’s couch welcomed a pair of American icons: First Lady Michelle Obama and Flying Squirrel Gabby Douglas, a certified Olympic stud in an appropriately gold skirt. One has dedicated the past three and a half years to getting the nation’s kids moving; the other proves what’s possible for someone who embraces an active lifestyle. But even superheroes have their weaknesses. Before detailing her strict training diet (
acorns protein, protein, and more protein), Douglas admitted to The Chin that she did “splurge” on a single Egg McMuffin once the competition in London was over. That’s when Obama leaned over and said, “You’re setting me back, Gabby.”
See the cholesterol-filled exchange below — and stick around to learn what Kate Middleton admires about Team USA, how a homesick Douglas got through her lowest moment, and whether the gymnast intends to compete in the 2016 Rio Games. (Joked Leno: “Only four years until your next Egg McMuffin!”)
Kardashians on Leno: Kourtney blames her pregnancy weight on 'too much In-N-Out' (she means burgers!) -- VIDEO
This just in: Kourtney Kardashian only recently had her first In-N-Out experience. And she loved it! Or was it Five Guys? Man, what will these kids come up with next?
The reality TV sisters stopped by The Tonight Show last night, and Kourtney discussed pregnancy cravings and her impending labor and delivery. Apparently momager Kris Jenner is still negotiating the 3-D cinematic labor doc’s distribution rights because Kourtney wouldn’t reveal whether she’d share her second child’s birth on Keeping Up With the Kardashians like she did with baby Mason.
Youngest sister Khloe was on hand to provide a wry kommentary as usual, though she also talked about her move back from Dallas with her husband, exiled NBA player Lamar Odom. When Leno asked Kim about Kanye West’s “Too Cold,” well you’ll just have to watch to see her ditzy debate about whether the song is indeed written about her. (Hint to Kim: It is.) Watch the interview below. READ FULL STORY »
There are two main rules of thumb for Hollywood celebrities: 1. Don’t take net points over gross, and, 2. Never tacitly give your support to brutal foreign leaders known for human rights abuses. Hilary Swank, who broke Rule No. 2 when she attended the Oct. 5 birthday celebration of Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov, appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night and apologized for her actions. The actress explained to Leno — who helped her out with friendly questions like a supportive defense attorney — that the appearance was a mistake and that she didn’t even know the event was going to be in honor of Kadyrov, who has been accused of a bevy of violent dictatorial actions. She also insisted that her line “Happy birthday, Mr. President!” was less a Marilyn Monroe-esque affectation than simply a product of not knowing the Chechen leader’s name.
To be fair, it wasn’t all equivocation. READ FULL STORY »
What has Katie Couric been up to since her stint on the CBS Evening News came to an end last month? Well, as the TV vet told Jay Leno on The Tonight Show Monday, she’s been helping her daughter study for her final exams, discovering the wonders of tequila and karaoke, and getting ready for her next project: an Oprah-esque daytime talk show for ABC. But because anyone interviewing Couric is legally obligated to bring up Sarah Palin, Leno also took a few moments to ask the former anchor whether she thinks Palin’s going to actually run for president in 2012.
“You know, I think that’s anyone’s guess,” Couric answered. “Sometimes, she’ll retreat for awhile and then she’ll pop back up. I think she’s really fascinating. She’s really polarizing — I think even people who don’t like her are fascinated by her. They’re almost motivated by their dislike of her.”
Fair enough! But what does Couric think of Donald “I Will Not Seek The Presidency” Trump, who recently said that he might actually run for president after all? (Sigh.) “Because I live in New York, and I’ve seen Donald at various events, you know, he actually can be a very, very nice person with a good heart,” said Couric. “But I think he was just acting like a jackass for awhile, don’t you?” READ FULL STORY »
Kathie Lee and Hoda are fully embracing their image as morning television’s most festive lushes. Heck, Kathie Lee even went so far as to do a keg stand on Friday’s The Tonight Show, which the Today show gleefully re-aired this morning, just in case the booze-friendly among us had other engagements. Impressive! Or a little frightening? Well, either way: READ FULL STORY »
George W. Bush continues his media tour supporting his memoir Decision Points. Last night, he stopped by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. If you missed it, watch the interview below. It’d been 10 years since Bush sat down with Leno, who began by thanking him for all the material. Did the late-night jabs ever hurt his feelings, Leno asked? “I hate to tell you… I don’t want to hurt your feelings but… I was asleep,” Bush said. Leno used the time wisely: Having Bush, who’s refused to critique President Obama, at least comment on who is the better dancer. Bush gave it to Obama, but I think he was just being polite: Those moves he busted at a malaria awareness event — “I created awareness for malaria,” he joked of the news footage — were brilliant. Leno busted out another video of Bush trying to open a closed door in China. “That’s the definition of a man without an exit strategy,” Bush cracked. We also saw a photo of Bush and the Secret Service trying to keep Barney Bush, his Scottish Terrier, from killing the turkey he was about to pardon on Thanksgiving.
While Bush made other jokes about his father, his mother, the stupid things he did before quitting drinking in 1986 (like asking an older woman at a dinner party what sex was like at 50), and his desire to become a grandfather, the conversation did have its serious moments. Bush talked about 9/11, and the disappointments of his presidency (not finding Osama bin Laden, weapons of mass destruction). He also mentioned a few things he would’ve done differently, if given the option: He wouldn’t stand in front of a Mission Accomplished sign on an aircraft carrier, nor would he fly over the damage of Hurricane Katrina in an airplane and have a photograph released giving the impression he didn’t care about the citizens below. He also would’ve been “less blunt,” and maybe not have used the phrase “dead or alive” in reference to capturing bin Laden. READ FULL STORY »
Twitter followers), phoned EW earlier this afternoon for a quick chat and sounded relaxed and ready to return to the late-night ring.Conan is coming. Today, Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter shoot the first of four test shows in preparation for their Nov. 8 premiere on TBS. Richter, currently waging an “all-out war” against his sinuses with antibiotics and Prednisone (that’s for his
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: We spoke near the end of the Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour, and you said you and Conan hadn’t begun discussing the TBS show. What can you tell us about it now?
ANDY RICHTER: It’s a talk show. I’d say that between Late Night and The Tonight Show, on The Tonight Show there was a little less absurdity — humor that was kind of absurd for absurdness sake. We felt we needed to tailor the humor to an earlier hour, which basically means, you’re gonna be the same person, but now grandma’s in the room. [Laughs] That’s sort of what it was. This is probably gonna be like a mix of the two. It’s hard to say: It’s not like we have big planning meetings where we think “This is what the personality of the show is gonna be like.” We have discussions about it, but mostly they’ve been things like, “Let’s give the impression that we don’t give a s—.” [Laughs] “Let’s give the impression that we’re having fun.” Because that’s how we feel. We went through this thing, which certainly in the grand scheme of things was a tempest in a teapot, but it was a stressful thing — to get bumped off of The Tonight Show or take yourself off The Tonight Show, however you want to look at it. It was kind of a s—y thing, so we’re adjusting, and in reaction to that, we’re now feeling like, “You know what, let’s just have some fun. Let’s just do a show now that we’re not replacing anybody. We’re not replacing David Letterman. We’re not replacing Jay Leno. We’re just startin’ up a show from scratch, which we’ve never gotten to do before. There’s no precedent. There’s no shoes to fill. We just get to do what we want.” The way the show has been built hasn’t been through some grand plan about some philosophy that we’re trying to follow. We’re just thinking up bits. “We got a studio. We got a desk. We got a band. What are some funny things we can do in that space?” READ FULL STORY »
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