Study: Bill Clinton Biggest Butt of Jay Leno Monologue Jokes During ‘Tonight Show’ Tenure

By | Wednesday February 5, 2014 @ 7:37am PST

jaylenoSince 1992, Jay Leno‘s top Tonight Show opening monologue target has been Bill Clinton, according to a study released by the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University. O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson topped his list of celebrity targets, but their tally is chump change compared to Clinton’s, according to the study that tracked nearly 44,000 Tonight Show jokes.

Clinton was the subject of one out of every 10 gags about public affairs and/or public figures in his monologues, and O.J. Simpson was his top celebrity target. The study tallied 43,892 jokes about public figures and public affairs from 1992, when Leno became host of Tonight Show, through January 24, 2014.

Clinton accounts for 4,607 of that joke total. For comparison sake, George W. Bush came in for 3,239 jabs, and Jay targeted Kim Kardashian a total of  just 57 times, according to the study. Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Clinton’s VPOTUS Al Gore, and Monica Lewinsky accounted for four of Leno’s top seven targets. Overall, the Top-20 list includes the past four presidents and vice-presidents, as well as the past six failed major party nominees for president. Democrats were the targets of 10,885 jokes, 15% more than the 9,465 jokes directed at Republicans. The study says that’s because Leno frequently targeted presidents and Democrats occupied the White House in 13 of his 22 years as Tonight Show host.


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George W. Bush Set For ‘The Tonight Show’ Next Week

By | Tuesday November 12, 2013 @ 4:25pm PST

When NBC sent out its weekly Tonight Show listings yesterday, there was a curious lack of guests for November 19. Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite have the music gig, but there wasn’t a headliner. Now we … Read More »

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HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Returns Online With Edited George W. Bush Head

By | Monday June 25, 2012 @ 2:57pm PDT

You won’t see the head of former President George W. Bush in Game Of Thrones anymore. HBO has edited and altered the prop head of Bush that appeared on a spike in the series, the Washington Read More »

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Episode With George Bush’s Severed Head Pulled From Rotation

By | Friday June 15, 2012 @ 11:38am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The now infamous Episode 10 from the first season of HBO’s hit fantasy series Game Of Thrones featuring the head of former president George W. Bush as a prop in a beheading scene, has been pulled from all digital platforms, … Read More »

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UPDATE: HBO Apologizes For Severed George W. Bush Head On ‘Game Of Thrones’

By | Wednesday June 13, 2012 @ 8:35pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 8:30 PM: The controversy over the use of a prosthetic George W. Bush head as a prop in beheading scenes on the hit HBO fantasy series Game Of Thrones led to both HBO and the series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss issuing apologies tonight, following criticism … Read More »

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Ron Nyswaner To Script Curtis Sittenfeld Novel ‘American Wife’

By | Friday November 4, 2011 @ 9:13am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Ron Nyswaner has been set to adapt American Wife, the bestselling novel by Curtis Sittenfeld. The project is being funded by Red Crown Productions, whose Daniel Crown and Daniela Taplin Lundberg are producing with Marissa McMahon’s Kamala Films.

Nyswaner, best … Read More »

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All Former U.S. Presidents To Get Together For TV Special Honoring George H.W. Bush

By | Thursday March 3, 2011 @ 1:45pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

All four living former U.S. presidents – George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush – will gather for All Together Now: A Celebration of Service, a gala that honors the importance of American service and … Read More »

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George W. Bush Breaks Silence On His Upcoming Book ‘Decision Points’

By | Thursday October 21, 2010 @ 10:38am PDT
Mike Fleming

Just in time for the upcoming elections, former President George W. Bush breaks his silence on his upcoming book Decision Points. The official pub date is November 9 through Crown Publishers, with a first printing of 1.5 million copies. Here’s the video that has just gone up on the Random … Read More »

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