When Howard Stern recently appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, he warned that there needs to be a very different kind of opening monologue once the talk show host takes over The Tonight Show. Via The Hollywood Reporter, in a second interview to go along with this weekend’s 60 Minutes report, Jay Leno concurs.
From Leno’s Q&A with Lacey Rose:
“The [11:30 p.m.] late-night shows that have failed are the ones where the monologue was weak – two, three minutes. We do 14 minutes every night, which is almost a sitcom. It’s a lot of jokes, but for a lot of people it’s how they get their news.”
“There are really only 18 celebrities in the world that mean anything ratings-wise, if it’s even that many… The people you’d think. Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, those sorts of people. And then after that, not a whole lot. So they [viewers] have to have a reason to come to the show.”
There was an interesting post-Stern/Fallon appearance discussion on Stern’s Sirius XM radio show. Limo driver Ronnie for example detailed how handlers for Alyssa Milano, the other guest that night, worked feverishly in the dressing-room and green room areas to keep her away from any possible encounter with Stern.
And speaking of 60 Minutes, there is also an online Overtime segment with Leno. In the additional footage, Steve Kroft explains how the piece came together and compares the 2014 interview to the pair’s previous 1992 sit-down.
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