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Hollywood Reporter Delivers a Leno Lollapalooza

You’d think a guy who took a huge pay cut in 2012 on behalf of one of NBC’s few TV ratings hits would be bullet proof within the network’s executive ranks. But while Matthew Belloni’s Hollywood Reporter cover story about Jay Leno does not pinpoint the two “high-level industry sources” that leaked information to colleague Kim Masters for a March 1 item, the embattled Tonight Show host clearly believes the bleed was carved from the Peacock. Rather than, say, a Big Four talent agency or entertainment attorney’s office.

From Belloni’s piece:

Sources say Leno, when he signed his most recent deal, expected it could be his last at the network. But he is said to have been upset by what he perceived to be an NBC leak to THR and by the prospect of another messy transition that would play out in the press.

Can’t blame (the soon-to-be 63-year-old) Leno for that. No comedian likes to be so consistently heckled, even a road warrior like Leno. The prospect of 16 more months of media-amplified cat calls of “You suck!” is no laughing matter.

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Was HBO’s Seinfeld Tribute An April Fool’s Joke?

Apparently not, even though the event, which featured Jerry, Chris Rock, Robert Klein and Garry Shandling in a panel discussion/roast moderated by Anderson Cooper, was filmed almost 18 months ago.

Nancy Geller, the network’s senior VP, original programming, wasn’t available to comment, but she told the Post there was “no thought of putting this on HBO.” Which, of course, begs the question as to why it was being filmed in the first place?

As Seinfeld himself noted during the special: “Your whole career as a comedian is about making fun of pretentious, high-minded, congratulatory, b.s. events like this one. The whole feeling in this room of reverence and honoring is the exact opposite of everything I have wanted my life to be about. I really don’t want to be up here. … I want to be in the back over there … saying something funny to somebody about what a crock this whole thing is.”