Though Jay Leno keeps himself busy making a living through his automobile hobby with Jay Leno’s Garage on CNBC, he still takes in the late-night talk shows. However, he finds the comedy atmosphere much different from when he was on top as host of The Tonight Show and tells The Hollywood Reporter that watching younger hosts like Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, and Trevor Noah incessantly cover President Trump night after night has become “depressing.”
“Late-night has always been pretty topical. The only trouble is now everyone has the same topic,” Leno said with a laugh. “It's all depressing Trump stuff.”
Leno is complimentary of Jimmy Fallon, who took over for him nearly four years ago, and the others, but isn’t a fan of all the “negativity” now that Trump is president:
“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. You don't really watch late-night TV to get away from reality anymore; now it's more in your face. You laugh but then you go to bed going, ‘Oh man, the world is really pretty rough.’ And it's not, it's one man that causes all these problems!”
Leno says his wife was very depressed after the election — and it sounds like he was, too — but told her, “This will be the greatest thing that ever happens to the women's movement." He adds that though Harvey Weinstein “was a catalyst” for women coming forward, “Trump really started [it].”
Then, Leno flips and talks about all that’s right in the U.S.:
“People are so incensed by Trump and what he does. But the country is actually OK — unemployment is down, people are working — so ultimately some good will come out of it.”
Does he think Trump had nothing to do with that?