In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, retired talk show host Jay Leno slammed late-night talk show hosts for making television ‘depressing.’ He threw some compliments at the hosts, and isn’t a fan of Trump himself, but he also said some true statements about how late night tv used to be ‘jokes’ and now it’s just ‘depressing’ anti-Trump stuff.
“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. God bless all the late-night hosts, they make it funny, but ultimately, it’s depressing,” said Leno.
“Do you wish you had a platform right now to have your shot at Trump?” asked the interviewer.
“No, I don’t. I had my platform and I enjoyed it for 22 years. But at some point, it turned into a young person’s game. At my age, I can’t pretend to know all of Jay-Z’s music. When you’re 40, you talk to the 26-year-old supermodels and it’s sexy; when you’re 67, you’re the creepy old guy. At some point, you need to step back and say, “I did it.” I was lucky enough to live in a time when we did very well and the show was No. 1 and then say thank you and step back,” said Leno.