Ever on the alert for new reasons to play the victim and gin up resentment, Brian Kilmeade seized on NBC's firing of Jay Leno from the Tonight Show as “proof” that life is just so unfair for anyone who criticizes President Obama, especially in Hollywood. But about the only thing he really proved is that Fox is as out-of-touch with young people as ever.
Kilmeade asked his guest, “If you watch the late night monologues, back to back to back, Jay Leno is the one that’s somewhat fair and balanced. He’s number one and he might be paying the price for his job. Is there a relationship to that?”
Given that the guest was “conservative comedian” Evan Sayet, we could pretty much count on a “fair and balanced” discussion from one perspective only. Sayet admitted he didn’t know the inner workings of NBC “but it’s at the very least suspect.” Sayet, who looked to be in his 50s, commended Leno for continuing the Johnny Carson and maybe the Will Rogers traditions of taking on politicians in general.
Nostalgic for Johnny Carson and Will Rogers? Could anything say “your father’s comedy” more?
Pointing a finger at NBC’s connection to MSNBC, Kilmeade suggested, “Maybe they just couldn’t tolerate a guy at the top looking at the news, just trying for jokes, rather than an agenda.”
Yes, yes, it has to be the politics. Sayet – an unknown as far as I can tell – argued that Showtime turned down his “very, very successful” comedy routine because, he claimed, Showtime said it would “hurt our brand and the other entertainers would be angry at us.” Even though, according to Sayet, Showtime said it “would probably be the highest rated show in our history.”
So now Mr. Successful says he avoids comedy clubs and late-night shows, instead appearing at Republican events and “shows like this.” “So I don’t need Hollywood at all any longer,” he added.
Of course, what they didn’t mention is that Leno is just not cool any more. As Perez Hilton put it:
Personally, we'd love, love, LOVE to see Jimmy (Fallon) take over for Grandpa Leno! He's young, fun, easy on the eyes and the best guy to help steal the attention from Jimmy Kimmel over on ABC.
Our only problem with the switch is it's not happening sooner! HA!
The fact that neither Kilmeade nor Sayet get that or else didn’t want to get that speaks volumes about their old-world thinking.