Thursday, April 2, 2009

'Le-Yes, Boston?' 'Le-No, Jay.'

Jay Leno grew up in the Boston area, a fact that I--as both a native of the Boston area and a fan of things that don't suck (the 1919-2002 Boston Red Sox, the 1993-2007 Boston Celtics and the 1959-2000 New England Patriots notwithstanding)--have always found to be bothersome.

Apparently, Boston itself was always bothered by it, too. The city's NBC affiliate has announced that it will not be airing Leno's new 10 p.m. talk show that is scheduled to premiere in September.

Perhaps Jay Leno finds this passive boycott to be insulting. If so, perhaps Jay Leno might at last consider how Conan O'Brien (himself a Boston-area native) feels about Leno's bait-and-switch refusal to retire and the resultant distraction from Conan's ascendancy to the "Tonight Show" throne.

1 comment:

Coggblogger said...

I find Conan ridiculously overrated. He's fallen into the comedy pit that Letterman fell into years ago - the "make repeated nonsensical noises between bad jokes and trust that your studio audience will laugh at your noises" trick. Not that Leno's any better. But as far as the bait-and-switch, I don't blame him - he's still killing in the ratings, and the 10pm thing isn't going to work. I'd be holding onto that job with both hands.