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Old 11-25-2008, 04:25 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Jay Leno Talks About Camaro & What Detroit is Doing Right


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Jay Leno was on the phone earlier this week. The host of NBC's "The Tonight Show" asked how things were going in Detroit and made it clear where he stood on the only issue that matters around here.


"I can't believe they give these sleazeball financial guys a bailout and not people who actually make a product," he said. "It's amazing to me."

Anyone who follows Leno knows he's a devoted car guy. If any celebrity outside of Detroit is going to say something positive about the domestic auto industry, it's him.

"They have great products in the pipeline," said Leno. "The Volt is a terrific concept that will surpass the Prius."

He also rattled off the new Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger and Ford F-150 as examples of what Detroit is doing right.

Leno was talking cars because he'll be rubbing shoulders with the Motor City soon. He's performing just across the river on New Year's Eve at the Colosseum stage at Caesars Windsor. Tickets went on sale this week.

The late-night host is one of several entertainers booked for future Caesars Windsor concerts, a list that includes Johnny Mathis tonight and Saturday and Glen Campbell, Dionne Warwick, Jewel and Jeff Foxworthy in January.

New Year's Eve is the big night of the year for partygoers, but it's more like a typical night onstage for Leno, who continues to appear virtually nonstop at clubs and theaters despite his demanding network TV schedule.

"I always work New Year's Eve somewhere. That's the night, isn't it?" said Leno. "If you're a comic and you don't have a good gig New Year's Eve, you're in sad shape."

Leno's regular time slot on NBC will be filled that night by the fifth annual "NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly" special.

The jokes delivered by Leno at Caesars Windsor are bound to cover a cross-section of topics.

"When you do 'The Tonight Show' monologue, you sort of talk about the events of the day," he explained. "When you show up in person, you can talk about events that have a bit more shelf life."

Don't be surprised if there are some mentions of the Detroit Lions, one of Leno's favorite "tough-love jokes," as he describes it.

"I just read today by 2012, there'll be 7 billion people in the world, and it's amazing that Detroit can't find 11 of them to play football," he said. "I mean, you'd think out of those 7 billion, 11 of them could play? No."

And there may be some time devoted to President-elect Barack Obama. Leno isn't among those who think it will be difficult to poke fun at the new administration.

"Clinton and Bush were the golden age of comedy. ... It's fascinating, though, to have a president that can actually talk. You go, oh? You don't go, he made it through! When Bush speaks, you go, he made it through!" he says.

At the end of May, Leno will step down as host of the "The Tonight Show" and NBC late-late host Conan O'Brien will take over on June 1. The long-anticipated move has sustained a steady buzz about what Leno plans to do next.

Leno is less forthcoming about this topic than he is about cars.

Asked to describe his transition strategy, he said, "I actually haven't started any transition yet. I haven't really thought much about it."

OK. Is he a New Year's resolution kind of guy? "No, not really."

Where does he see himself at the end of 2009? What will he be doing? "Oh, I don't know," he answered off-handedly, "probably the same thing I'm doing now somewhere."

And will that include telling Lions jokes? You can bet on it.

"With Bush leaving, you've got to go with what you've got," he said.
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Old 11-25-2008, 04:36 AM   #2
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Old 11-25-2008, 09:11 AM   #3
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Always liked Leno. But we all know celebrities can bitch and moan all they want about their beliefs, and it wont help.
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Old 11-25-2008, 09:28 AM   #4
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I wish I lived next door to him and he let me pick what I wanted to drive each week. Now that would be sweet!!!!

Jay if you are reading this PM me and I will send you my address so you can send me a nice down payment for my Camaro.
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Old 11-25-2008, 09:57 AM   #5
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He'd be great on Top Gear.
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:59 AM   #6
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Mister i thought the SAME exact thing.... he'd be a hell of a lot better as the "Jeremy" then Corolla....
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:37 AM   #7
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Nice find. Go Leno.
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Old 11-25-2008, 12:01 PM   #8
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He'd be great on Top Gear.
They might be "entertaining" then, however
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Old 11-25-2008, 01:36 PM   #9
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They can't even afford him. He makes in one day what TG UK makes in a year.

Ask Johnny's X wife (Eddie Murphy / Carson skit reference)...


But he is a great car lover. I hope he opens a Leno Auto museum. Or better yet let him take over GM after it eats useless Crysler.

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Old 11-25-2008, 05:36 PM   #10
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He should have his show called Jay's Garage and just review it like top gear. It would be fun for him and it would not soil the Top Gear name by having phony shows in the US.
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Old 11-25-2008, 05:45 PM   #11
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He'd be great on Top Gear.
I couldnt agree more. I really think he would be great on there.
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Old 11-26-2008, 01:44 AM   #12
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He was offered a spot on top gear, but he turned it down.
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Old 11-26-2008, 01:45 AM   #13
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Yeah i remember that, thats nuts
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He'd be great on Top Gear.


Best part is...he's a car guy with a VOICE to be heard. I don't know if he has, but he needs to use his voice up on stage with millions watching and let people know what's going on up there with the big 3...about buying domestic...and about doing their part to keep our country alive.
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Best part is...he's a car guy with a VOICE to be heard. I don't know if he has, but he needs to use his voice up on stage with millions watching and let people know what's going on up there with the big 3...about buying domestic...and about doing their part to keep our country alive.
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