Hollywood is not known as a bastion of the Donald Trump fan club.
It’s actually one of the institutions in America where Trump Derangement syndrome runs the hottest.
A Hollywood legend had a surprising admission about Donald Trump.
Jay Leno had the toughest job in comedy when he took over for legendary Tonight Show host Johnny Carson.
But Leno’s version of the show became comfort food for Middle America as Leno’s time as host lasted 21 seasons over two different runs.
Leno became the second most popular late-night comedian of all time – trailing only Carson – because Leno tried to appeal to all Americans in contrast to most of today’s late-night hosts who run their programs as group therapy sessions for upscale liberals strung out on their addiction to politics.
In an interview with Piers Morgan, Leno gave his thoughts on the current state of politics and late-night talk shows.
“What do you think of this phenomenon, of Trump the politician?” Morgan asked.
Unsurprisingly, the Hollywood icon Leno didn’t much care for Trump.
But Leno also bashed the latest round of legal challenges launched by the Left to kick Trump off the ballot, claiming he was an insurrectionist.
“Well, I’m not a fan,” Leno stated. “Like this thing where they want to restrict him on the ballot. I’m against that ’cause that could turn against you.”
“It’s antidemocratic,” Morgan replied.
Leno said he couldn’t support Trump for ‘moral’ reasons but believed the people should have the right to cast a ballot for the leader of their choice.
“If the people want that person as president, that’s fine. I mean, I’m not a fan, and it has nothing to do with politics. I just don’t think morally — I think we could do a little bit better. You know all these indictments, whatever it might be,” Leno answered.
Leno – who made a name for himself with his biting monologues about Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky impeachment scandal – told Morgan he no longer includes politics in his act because of the insistence – mainly by liberals – that if you don’t take their side in who you make fun of, you are complicit in an attack on democracy.
“I just stopped doing politics in my act altogether. You know, when I did The Tonight Show, the idea was you made fun of both sides equally…they’d both be angry. And I’d go, ‘Oh, that’s good.’ You know, they both think you’re supporting the other guy,” Leno continued.
“Now, you’ve gotta take a side and people are angry if you don’t. I find when I start to tell a political joke and they want to know the punch line before — is this pro or against — you know? So I just stopped doing it,” Leno concluded.
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