Leno to Take His Sinking Ship to Correspondents Dinner
January 22, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-The beleaguered Jay Leno will headline the upcoming White House Correspondents Dinner, at a time when his popularity is well, in the gutter. Due to the recent dustup with Conan O’Brien during NBC’s television malpractice, Jay Leno came out the other end of the media sausage grinder looking like the bad guy.
The White House Correspondents Association asked Leno to provide comic relief at the annual dinner in May, weeks before the start of the recent NBC late night soap opera. But perhaps a turn at Washington’s annual feel good, pat on the back event can revive Leno’s popularity, as he resumes his perch at The Tonight Show.
Poor Jay Leno must be one of the most hated men in America at the moment, right up there with John Edwards and Bernie Madoff. Edwards cheated on his cancer-stricken wife and fathered a love child during a run for president, about which he lied and lied again. And Ponzi schemer Madoff stole billions of dollars of his clients’ life savings, while he lived high off the hog on their money. What did Leno do? He took back The Tonight Show from Conan O’Brien. And for that Indian-giving transgression he has been pilloried by fellow comics and fans.
O’Brien is leaving The Tonight Show on Friday and Leno’s failed prime-time comedy experiment will also come to an end. After the Olympics on March 1, Leno will return as host of The Tonight Show, while O’Brien waits in the shadows for a return to another network in September.
A turn at the Correspondents dinner in May would give Leno an opportunity to show off his stand-up comic chops. Last year’s keynoter Wanda Sykes, made headlines when she blasted Rush Limbaugh for his wish for President Obama to fail, calling him a traitor and saying he should be waterboarded:
WANDA SYKES: “Rush Limbaugh said he hopes this administration fails. So you’re saying, ‘I hope America fails.’ You’re like, ‘I don’t care about people losing their homes, their jobs or our soldiers in Iraq.’ He just wants our country to fail. To me, that’s treason. He’s not saying anything differently than Osama bin Laden is saying. You know you might want to look into this, sir, because I think Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker but he was just so strung out on Oxycontin he missed his flight.
Too much? You’re laughing inside, I know you’re laughing.
Rush Limbaugh — I hope the country fails. I hope his kidneys fail, how about that? He needs a waterboarding, that’s what he needs.”
Let’s see if Leno can top that.