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Jay Leno Asks Eliot Spitzer 'How Could You Have Been This Stupid?'

Eliot Spitzer explains his fall from grace as Bill Hader falls in his seat.

Eliot Spitzer explains his fall from grace as Bill Hader falls in his seat.

Spitzer, who announced on Sunday he would run for New York City comptroller, traveled to California on Friday to appear on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno, one of many comedians who has steadily made him the butt of jokes in the five years since the prostitution scandal that forced him to resign as Governor of New York.

When Leno asked how Spitzer could have been "this stupid," the former governor offered a somewhat serious defense: "Hubris is terminal."

"People who fall prey to hubris, end up falling themselves," Spitzer said. "And that I think is something to which people in government are susceptible to. Those who feel they are somehow increasingly important to power."

Five years ago, just over a year into Spitzer's first term as governor, he was identified as "Client No. 9" in a high-end prostitution ring. He resigned almost immediately.

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