The late night shows these days love to get political and take shots at President Trump. Literally all of them do it. But one former late night host isn’t a fan of it at all.
Former Late night Kind Jay Leno told the Today Show on NBC it’s not the way he did things, and it’s not the way he was taught, either.
I don’t miss it. You know, everything now is, if people don’t like your politics, they — everyone has to know your politics," Leno said. "I kind of used Johnny’s model. People couldn’t figure out. 'Well, you and your Republican friends' or 'Well, Mr. Leno, you and your Democratic buddies.' And I would get hate mail from both sides equally."
Leno mentioned the late Johnny Carson, who was outspoken in his desire not to mix comedy with politics.
“Once you start to get that self-important feeling that what you say had great import, you could use that show as a form and you can sway people. I don’t think you should as an entertainer,” Carson told CBS in a 60 Minutes interview during the 1970’s.