Media Matters For America has a good summary of the social and Conservative media blowback sparked by Jay Leno‘s decision to cancel out of a commitment with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). The former Tonight Show host was set to MC a dinner in late January as part of the group’s annual SHOT convention in Las Vegas.
The NSSF stated that it looks forward to finding a replacement performer “that respects the contributions of our industry and the customers it supports.” Meanwhile, a spokesman for Leno insisted to the New York Daily News that it was a matter of clarification:
“Jay was asked to do what was positioned as a sportsman show, and when he found out it was a pro-gun lobby show, he cancelled,” Bruce Bobbins said. “There was no money involved at this point, and if there was any, he would return it.”