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Jay Leno Explains Himself Via 60 Minutes

Late night TV industry watchers have applauded Jimmy Fallon for choosing, from the very beginning of his transition to The Tonight Show, to keep in regular, friendly contact with the man he is succeeding, Jay Leno. That politically astute methodology will ring even 20/20 wiser once the masses have had a chance this weekend to watch Leno’s 60 Minutes interview.

JayLeno60MinutesThe exiting host obviously waited until he was on his way out to give his first in-depth interview about the Conan O’Brien debacle. Still, it’s a coup for Steve Kroft and no doubt a piece that will generate renewed discussion of a very sorry 2009 NBC episode. From the CBS News release:

“I was blindsided… [NBC executives said] ‘You’re out…’ and I went ‘Okay.’” Leno says he never asked NBC why, but the news hurt him like a romantic break-up. “You know, you have a girl [who] says, ‘I don’t want to see you anymore.’ Why? You know, she doesn’t want to see you anymore, okay?”

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Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Robertson on Indefinite Hiatus Following Anti-Gay Remarks (THR / The Live Feed)
A&E has placed Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson on indefinite hiatus following anti-gay remarks he made in a recent profile in GQ. “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson’s comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series Duck Dynasty,” A&E said in a statement. GLAAD / GLAAD Blog The Robertsons, the family whose duck hunting products have made them a fortune, are breakout stars featured in A&E’s Duck Dynasty. GQ’s profile of Phil Robertson included some of the vilest and most extreme statements uttered against LGBT people in a mainstream publication. His quote was littered with outdated stereotypes and blatant misinformation: “It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.” FishbowlNY The headline for Drew Magary‘s GQ Louisiana visit (“What The Duck?”) now seems especially appropriate. Comments are coming in fast and so far are about evenly for-against Robertson’s outspoken views. Ad Age / Media News The question is how the comments will impact the show. Food Network dropped Paula Deen from the channel earlier in the year after she admitted in a deposition that she had used racial slurs. In 2007, A&E halted production of Dog The Bounty Hunter after star Duane Chapman made racial slurs. The show returned to the network less than a year later. NYT The announcement has no immediate effect on the series because it is not currently in production. Robertson already filmed episodes for the next season of Duck Dynasty and a network spokesman said he would appear in many of those. Business Insider Looks like Robertson can kiss that $200,000 an episode paycheck goodbye “indefinitely.”

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Full Nelson | Angry Yelpers | Loopy Lauer

ShutterstockWillieNelsonandSonGalleyCat: On the heels of a third studio album in 16 months (To All The Girls…), on which he duets with everyone from Dolly Parton to Sheryl Crow, 80-year-old Willie Nelson has decided to give the autobiography thing a second spin. We’ll take this burst of artistic activity as yet another compelling argument for the full legalization of marijuana.

PRNewser: A class action lawsuit filed by some of Yelp’s most active unpaid reviewers confirms the old adage. You know, the one about panties never being an acceptable substitute for paychecks.

TVNewser: Savannah Guthrie told Jay Leno that Matt Lauer referring to singer Adele as “Estelle” was the “greatest moment of my life.” Guthrie might need to get out more.

[Photo of Wilson performing in San Francisco this past August: Josh Withers/Shutterstock.com]

Conan Faces Steep LinkedIn Battle

It’s been a few days now since Conan O’Brien set up a LinkedIn profile and declared his intention to topple Sir Richard Branson‘s status as the site’s most followed Influencer. So how is Coco doing?

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Ross Mathews Gets Ready to Mingle

Twelve years after Ross Mathews started doing remote bits for Jay Leno, he’s finally got his own talk show. Hello Ross!, a weekly half-hour pop culture mash-up that sort of picks up where the Kevin Smith Hulu program Spoilers left off, debuts Friday at 10 p.m. on E! And Mathews says he is staying true to a couple of early career tips from Leno.

“Jay’s initial advice to me was always be on time and always be nice to the crew,” Mathews tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “That’s in my nature anyway, but I have always followed that advice. On Hello Ross!, I’m the first here, last to go; I know every first-last name, birthdays. It’s important to create that sort of atmosphere.”

Among Mathews’ favorite Leno segments is a 2008 remote with the late Steve Irwin. He says people still come up to him today and yell “Pineapple!”, which was Mathews’ code word for whenever he needed Irwin to reclaim an animal – pronto.

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Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld: Nothing But Net Worth

What’s $100 million between very rich friends? We don’t usually cover reverse-PR gambits like this one today from intelligence firm Wealth-X, but in this case it was too fun to pass up.

According to Wealth-X’s research, revenues from Curb Your Enthusiasm plus the bounty of a fifth Seinfeld syndication deal earlier this year have David sitting at $900 million in net worth. As such, he is the “wealthiest comedian” ahead of Seinfeld ($800 million), Letterman ($390M), Cosby ($360M) and Sandler ($290M).

In the debut episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry and Larry agreed no one was better at wasting time than the two of them. David also confessed he always wished Seinfeld would get canceled, so he could stop working.

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TMZ Vet Daniel Goldblatt Now at the Helm of Variety.com

Very few people can point to longer terms of service with TMZ than Daniel Goldblatt. He started with the Harvey Levin operation way back in June of 2005. Roughly six months before the site opted for an original, breaking news voice and eventually found its way to a monstrous Mel Gibson scoop.

After eight years with TMZ as a producer and coordinating producer, Goldblatt has shifted over to New York City and the position of managing editor for variety.com. This may be purely coincidental, but in recent weeks, we’ve been noticing more variety.com linkage on The Drudge Report.

Almost everyone’s a cubicle star in one way or another if they work for TMZ. But it was away from the 24/7 office that Goldblatt clocked one of his more infamous LA moments.

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Vin Diesel Pulls a Fast One on Jay Leno

There are certain guests, like Vin Diesel, that Tonight Show host Jay Leno is utterly familiar and comfortable with. When these people drop by the soon-to-be-shuttered Burbank set, it generally results in very entertaining TV.

At one point during the Wednesday interview promoting Fast & Furious 6, Diesel decided to bring out his two young children. Watch below as the 45-year-old movie star throws to a clip, sitting one seat over from Jay and cradling his semi-shy offspring.

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Hanging Out in Venice with the JibJab Crew

Remember that great scene in Annie Hall where kids in an elementary school classroom speak directly to the camera and indicate what they will become as adults? On Friday afternoon, a charming echo of that classic sequence unfolded at the offices of JibJab.

The company threw open its doors to celebrate the success of StoryBots, a content App aimed at families with children ages two to seven. A gaggle of kids in the target demo, mostly sons and daughters of JibJab employees, were running around the offices Friday trying out different aspects of the App, which is free to sample and costs $4.99 a month for a full interactive subscription.

At one point, a majority of those kids were seated around the JibJab boardroom table, raising their hands as co-founder Evan Spiridellis asked various questions and played animated shorts. Judging by this future career-achieving group’s response, StoryBots’ upcoming Animal Songs are going to be very popular.

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Boring Guy Tom Hanks Tops ’100 Most Trusted People in America’ List

Reader’s Digest just published a piece titled the “100 Most Trusted People in America” and Tom Hanks took the top spot. This is not surprising. Hanks is perhaps the most boring dude alive. You know those dreams you have where nothing significant happens and you wake up knowing you had a dream so you feel like you should tell someone about it but it’s so vague you end up not saying anything? That’s what hanging out with Hanks is like.

Anyway, Sandra Bullock was number two in the poll. Which uh, see above.

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