I have been mulling Jay Leno over and over again in my head. I have always liked him. I used to always watch him but not so much since having children. What I have never understood is why so many other comedians don't like him. I feel like he gets blamed for so much that he isn't responsible for and yet there is a lot of venom towards him. Is it professional jealousy? To me he seems like a very well paid contract player. He does what he's told by his bosses. The blue collar worker at heart. Just in the past few weeks, he took a $15 million dollar pay cut so he could keep his staff. Did you get that?? $15 million dollars? 50% of his salary. Jay Leno doesn't own his show like David Letterman does. He is under contract and gets paid a salary. When the whole Conan O'Brien dispute happened, I didn't get the blame factor towards Jay. I thought Conan came off like a child who got his toys taken away. The blame should have been at the feet of the NBC honchos. Conan was mad, trashed Leno, and went on tour. I thought it was bad sportsmanship. Conan bombed at 11:35 and Jay bombed at 10pm. NBC had to save the network and the affiliates who were ready to jump ship. I feel so awkward defending Jay, but from where I sit, I don't get it. Am I missing something? I am not talking about whether or not you think he's funny or not. I am just stymied by the rancor surrounding him by others. I don't see it.
Sidebars: I have been a bit out of sync this week. Tough week internationally. If you celebrate or observe Rosh Hoshanah, wishing you a very healthy, sweet, and happy new year! If you don't, enjoy a weekend filled with fun and joy.
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