Howie Mandel urges pal Jay Leno to air 'Late Night' laundry


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Howie Mandel has a bone to pick with his longtime friend Jay Leno.

On the podcast "Howie Mandel Does Stuff," he tells Leno he should have publicly defended himself in the "Tonight Show" rivalries of decades past, when Leno and David Letterman and then Leno and Conan O'Brien tussled over the plum job of host.

"This is what bothers me about you, you didn't change the narrative" and were painted as the bad guy, Mandel said on Tuesday's Apple podcast. "The vitriol that people were attaching you with, and people that we both know."

Leno, who hosted "Tonight" for a combined 22 years after Johnny Carson retired, insisted that the public has zero interest in hearing celebrities gripe.

"That worked for me by not whining, by not complaining," Leno said. "You get a whole silent majority of people to go, 'Hey, I like the fact you just put your nose to the grindstone and did the work.'"

An admitted workaholic, Leno performs stand-up and hosts the game show "You Bet Your Life," with Kevin Eubanks, and the car-buff series "Jay Leno's Garage." On Mandel's podcast, he offered his take on winning "Tonight," losing it briefly and regaining it.

He and Letterman were among Carson's guest hosts before Letterman launched NBC's "Late Night'" in 1982 in the post-"Tonight" time slot. Letterman seemed positioned to succeed Carson when the enduring "King of Late Night" retired in 1992, but he and Leno fought for the throne.

"I was filling in for Johnny at 11:30, and the ratings were holding and doing well. And that's the main reason" NBC chose him, Leno said. But he recalled hearing chatter that claimed, "Dave had the show, and I came in one day and demanded it and took it away."

"Well, no, you can't demand it," Leno said.

Mandel raised the competition between Leno and O'Brien for "Tonight." O'Brien, who had taken over the slot opened by Letterman's exit from NBC (starting "Late Show" at CBS), was tapped to replace Leno in a bid to draw a younger audience.

"My favorite thing was when they (NBC) came to me" with the intended plan, Leno recalled. "I said, 'Hey, I've been No. 1 (in the ratings) for 14 years.' And I'm not going to say which executive said, "We want what's above No. 1.'"

But NBC's scheme, which had Leno announce his retirement five years before the 2009 switch to O'Brien, proved a PR disaster for the network. "I don't know if it's possible to have a less orderly transition than Leno-O'Brien," media analyst Brad Adgate said later.

O'Brien's barely eight-month "Tonight" tenure ended after NBC, panicked by a drop in ratings, sought to put Leno in a half-hour 11:35 p.m. show and push O'Brien to post-midnight.

O'Brien refused, moved to TBS, and Leno reclaimed "Tonight" and competed with Letterman until 2014, when Leno was replaced by new host Jimmy Fallon. Letterman retired in 2015, succeeded by Stephen Colbert.

Leno, whose familiar, mainstream comedy on "Tonight" was compared unfavorably by some to Letterman's iconoclastic humor, allowed himself some low-key gloating.

"My attitude was Letterman will get the cool kids and the critics, and I'll take the popular vote," he told Mandel. "That's pretty much how it worked out."


More Related News

Al Michaels to call NFL playoff game for NBC
Al Michaels to call NFL playoff game for NBC

Al Michaels will make a return engagement to NBC Sports for an NFL playoff game

Will Smith Had a
Will Smith Had a 'Hellish' Vision of Losing His Money and Career Before the Oscars Slap

Will Smith told David Letterman on a recent episode of the former late night host's Netflix interview series "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction" that he had a terrifying vision of losing his money and career before the Oscars slap sent his professional life spiraling. Netflix noted at the start of the conversation between the […]

Will Smith Tells David Letterman He
Will Smith Tells David Letterman He 'Hated' Being Called a 'Soft' Rapper

Smith told Dave that he never cursed because his grandma Gigi told him "truly intelligent people do not have to use words like these to express themselves."

Ex-White House press secretary Jen Psaki hired by MSNBC
Ex-White House press secretary Jen Psaki hired by MSNBC

Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki has officially landed at MSNBC, where she is expected to make appearances on the network's cable and streaming...

Jimmie Johnson recharging for Indy 500 with a trip to see
Jimmie Johnson recharging for Indy 500 with a trip to see 'Team Johnson' in Charlotte

After an emotional and high-energy weekend, Jimmie Johnson headed back to North Carolina for family time before making his Indy 500 debut.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


  • 꽁머니
    (2022-01-26 14:48:30Z)

    I simply want to tell you that I am new to weblog and definitely liked this blog site. Very likely I’m going to bookmark your blog . You absolutely have wonderful stories. Cheers for sharing with us your blog.

  • NnkTL
    (2022-01-31 05:53:00Z)

    where to buy seroquel

  • 메이저사이트
    (2022-02-08 14:23:32Z)

    Hello there, I found your site via Google while looking for a related topic, your website came up, it looks great. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.

  • 토토커뮤니티
    (2022-03-24 06:57:06Z)

    In this particular article, you will see a summary, satisfy browse this post.

  • 토토커뮤니티
    (2022-03-29 14:02:21Z)

    Hmm… I interpret blogs on a analogous issue, however i never visited your blog. I added it to populars also i’ll be your faithful primer.

  • 먹튀검증사이트
    (2022-04-07 17:18:10Z)

    Very interesting information, worth recommending. However, I recommend this:

  • 먹튀검증
    (2022-04-11 19:34:39Z)

    Profit primarily prime quality items -- you can understand them all within:

  • 먹튀검증
    (2022-04-18 17:05:18Z)

    These websites are really needed, you can learn a lot.


Top News: Latin America