Jay Leno: Don't Miss Being 'Tonight Show' Host, "Everyone Has To Know Your Politics"


Jay Leno, former host of NBC's 'The Tonight Show,' said Tuesday he doesn't miss late-night television and that it has gotten too political.

"It's different," Leno said in an interview on NBC's 'TODAY' morning program. "I don't miss it. You Know, everything now is, if people don't like your politics... everyone has to know your politics."

"I kind of use Johnny's model," Leno said. "People couldn't figure out [his politics]. 'Well, you and your Republican friends.' 'Well, Mr. Leno, you and your Democratic buddies.' And I would get hate mail from both sides equally and I would say well that's fabulous, that's exactly what I want. But when people see you are one-sided, it just makes it tough."

"I'd just like to see a bit of civility come back to it, you know?" the comedian added.

"It was just a little easier," he said of the political landscape during his tenure as 'Tonight Show' host. "The theory when we did the show was you just watch the news, we'll make fun of the news and get your mind off of the news. Well, now people just want to be on the news all the time. You just have one subject that's the same topic every night, which makes it very hard."

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