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UPDATED Emmy Snubs: ‘The Blacklist,’ ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’ James Spader, Andy Samberg Join ‘The Walking Dead,’ Tatiana Maslany And Jay Leno On The Dissed List

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 7:08am PDT

UPDATED Emmy Snubs: ‘The Blacklist,’ ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’  James Spader, Andy Samberg Join ‘The Walking Dead,’ Tatiana Maslany And Jay Leno On The Dissed ListEvery year on this day we pay tribute to those who made The Dissed List, giving you a place to foam over:

The Good Wife. Neither the violent bumping off of Will Gardner (Josh Charles) in one of the TV season’s most buzzed about developments, nor the extremely aggressive For Your Consideration ad campaign, in which the show pointed out how easy is life for its competition with their 7-episode (Mad Men), 8-episode (Breaking Bad), and 12-13 episode (Homeland, House of Cards) seasons, compared to the grueling challenges of a CBS drama, appears not to have impressed the Academy in the best-drama category (though Charles and star Julianna Margulies are nommed).

First Look TWD S5_1The Walking Dead. Despite high hopes among its fan base that this would be the year AMC’s  Dead broke out of the makeup and special effects nomination categories, the show instead will have to stagger along with its astounding demo ratings success — including a take-down of NFL football –  but no Best Drama Emmy prestige.

Tatiana Maslany. After being snubbed by the TV Academy but showered with love by TV critics for her groundbreaking performance as not one, not two, but eight clones and counting, on BBC America’s Orphan Black,  many industry navel lint gazers thought this would be the year the TV Academy finally got it right. They were wrong. Read More »

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DeadlineNow Morning Report: ESPN Scores With World Cup Ratings, Hillary Clinton Dominates Cable News, Jay Leno To Be Honored (Video)

By | Wednesday June 18, 2014 @ 11:52am PDT
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Morning Report, June 18

World Cup continues to propel ESPN's ratings to record levels, Hillary Clinton wraps up her first “Book Tour” interviews on CNN & Fox, Jay Leno to receive Mark Twain Prize for humor. Dominic Patten reports.

World Cup Ratings Update: ESPN Numbers Up 26% Over 2010 So Far; Mexico-Brazil Draws 3.2 Overnight
Hillary Clinton Emerges Largely Unscathed From CNN, Fox News Interviews
Jay Leno To Receive This Year’s Mark Twain Prize For Humor

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Jay Leno To Receive This Year’s Mark Twain Prize For Humor

By | Wednesday June 18, 2014 @ 8:39am PDT

Jay Leno To Receive This Year’s Mark Twain Prize For HumorJay Leno has just booked his next stop on the Career Achievement Award Express. The former Tonight Show host will receive the 17th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in a gala October 19 at Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Carol Burnett was last year’s honoree of the award, which the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts bestows annually in a ceremony taped for broadcast on PBS. The pubcaster will air the Leno gala November 23. Leno exited NBC’s The Tonight Show in February after a 22-year run. He was inducted into the TV Academy’s Hall of Fame in March, and in April he had a street named for him on the Universal Studios lot. “Like Mark Twain, Jay Leno has offered us a lifetime’s worth of humorous commentary on American daily life,” Kennedy Center chairman David Rubenstein in the press release this morning. “For both men, no one was too high or too low to escape their wit, and we are all the better for it.”

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DeadlineNow: Emmys’ Late-Night Race Will Have Voters Up All Night (Video)

By | Saturday June 7, 2014 @ 11:30am PDT
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Breaking Down The Outstanding Variety Series Emmy Race

It's a wild year in the category with Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' both eligible, as are Stephen Colbert's Comedy Central show and the show Colbert will take over next year, CBS' 'Late Show With David Letterman'. Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond and Dominic Patten try to sort it out.

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UPDATE: ICM Partners Nixes Sultan’s Beverly Hills And Bel-Air Hotels For Power Dining

Mike Fleming

icmp4th UPDATE: Here likely will be the next step in the boycott of the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Bel-Air Hotel. ICM Partners has released an internal email telling its staffers that expenses will not be reimbursed if they come from either of the two hotels. ICM Partners joins a growing protest that has left the normally bustling Beverly Hills and Bel-Air Hotels with the ghostlike emptiness of The Shining‘s Overlook Hotel as the entertainment industry protests the harsh laws that are being enacted by hotel owner the Sultan of Brunei in his home country, measures that include death by stoning for gays and adulterers. Deadline will keep a running track of studios and agencies that take similar steps to put pressure on the Sultan. This is an unfortunate development for all of the hard workers at both hotels who rely on tips to feed their families, but this protest shows no signs of abating.

3RD UPDATE, Tuesday, May 6, 7:40 PM: Now there are lawyers involved. The Beverly Hills Bar Association is the latest group to cancel events at the Beverly Hills Hotel amid the growing boycott of the venue. The BHBA said today that it has yanked all of its upcoming events in protest of the harsh laws enacted last week by the hotel’s owner, the Sultan of Brunei, in his home country. The bar association’s move comes three weeks after its biggest annual showbiz-related shindig, the Entertainment Lawyer of the Year Award. Read the BHBA’s statement at the bottom of the original post.

2ND UPDATE, May 5, 3:11 PM: The Feminist Majority Foundation, which is among the groups that have pulled events from the Beverly Hills Hotel, staged a rally across the street from the venue today. Its Global Women’s Rights Awards is co-chaired by Jay and Mavis Leno, and Conan Nolan’s Twitter photo shows the former Tonight Show host speaking during the protest.

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bevhillPREVIOUS UPDATE: The Night Before event has followed suit and pulled its annual event from the Beverly Hills Hotel, as expected.  Unless the hotel changes ownership or the Sultan changes the law, the event will be at another venue for the first time since its 2003 inception, insiders said. The board made the decision Friday, and they haven’t yet decided where to go. They slipped it to THR because it is a sponsor of the event. MPTF statement is at end of the story.

EARLIER EXCLUSIVE: Five days before its annual luncheon fundraiser this Wednesday, Teen Line has abruptly moved the event honoring Amy Pascal and others from the Beverly Hills Hotel. It is the latest event cancellation since hotel owner, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah, announced a death-by-stoning decree for gays and adulterers in his home country. The Teen Line event, held each year at the iconic hotel, will be moving to the Sony lot. As prestige events continue to move to protest barbaric human rights violations, many in town feel that it is no longer a matter of if, but rather when, the Motion Picture & Television Fund‘s Night Before The Oscars event looks for a new venue for what is considered the preeminent pre-Oscar event. Read More »

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Jay Leno Gets A Street Of His Own At Universal Studios

By | Wednesday April 30, 2014 @ 8:06pm PDT

Next time you’re on the Universal Studios lot, feel free to take a stroll down memory lane — also known as Jay Leno Lane. A gaggle of NBCUniversal execs were on hand with Jay Leno on Wednesday as the street was dedicated in honor of the longtime Tonight Show host, who bowed out in February. Leno might be tempted to cruise some of his myriad classic cars down the block, but Jaywalking obviously is encouraged.

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Jimmy Fallon Repurposes Dave Letterman’s Top 10 List: Video

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon“I love that guy,” Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon effused tonight of David Letterman — one night after Letterman announced he would retire next year. “It’s hard to imagine late-night TV without him, ’cause he revolutionized it. He made it what it is today. And, after I heard the news, I kind of started thinking about reasons why Letterman is retiring. … If you want, I could just read my Top 10.” Here’s the clip:
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Jay Leno’s TV Hall Of Fame Acceptance Speech: Video

By | Wednesday March 12, 2014 @ 8:46am PDT

Jay Leno was inducted last night into the Television Academy’s Hall Of Fame along with Rupert Murdoch, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, David E Kelley, Ray Dolby and Brandon Stoddard. Here is Leno’s acceptance speech — if you’re missing his Tonight Show stand-ups, this will do nicely.

Related: Jay Leno Reminds Bill Maher Of Israel As He’s Inducted Into TV Academy Hall Of Fame

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Jay Leno Reminds Bill Maher Of Israel As He’s Inducted Into TV Academy Hall Of Fame With Rupert Murdoch, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, David E Kelley, Ray Dolby & Brandon Stoddard: Video

LisaColumn__131015210634-275x198Jay Leno, being inducted into the TV Academy’s Hall of Fame on Tuesday night, said he’s glad he left NBC’s Tonight Show when he did The Television Academy's 23rd Hall Of Fame Induction Galabecause he was the oldest person on the show. Everyone else was 20 to 40 years younger than him and, while you may think you’re holding your own with them, “they’re really just laughing at you,” he explained. “You can’t be hip past a certain age. You have old guy gestures.” And when you make references to The Dick Van Dyke Show they think it’ s “a lesbian joke or something” —  and they don’t understand what you’re talking about when you say the time is “Half past 2.”

Leno told the Beverly Wilshire Hotel gathering his favorite book is Charles Dickens’ novella A Christmas Carol —  a searing indictment of 19th century industrial capitalism — and his favorite character in that classic work of literature, Mr. Fezziwig, who treated a young Ebenezer Scrooge like a son. Leno mentioned this by way of saying how proud he was that his Tonight Show was a place where people came to work hard during the day and, at 6, they went home to be with their family.

Related: Jay Leno’s TV Hall Of Fame Acceptance Speech: Video

Emmyslogo_newEven though he’s now “jobless and penniless” Leno still is a “fantastic stand-up,” said Bill Maher, who inducted Leno into the Hall, and the fact people are wondering what he will do next proves he’s still relevant, the HBO show host said. He described Leno’s more than two decades hosting Tonight as a drive down a highway in “some giant gleaming pristine luxury car with the competition far in the rearview mirror — except one time when NBC,” driving some beat-up clunker, “blindsided him and beat the sh*t out of his beautiful car.” Maher blamed TV critics for rewriting history to make Leno’s predecessor, Johnny Carson, out to be some guy who did a “rebellious, edgy, film noir version” of Tonight Show that by comparison made Jay look like a milquetoast. “That’s all bullsh*t — and I say that as a fan of Carson,” Maher said. Leno is the victim of “some bad publicity over the years” that he did not deserve — most famously how America got it into its head that “Jay Leno stole Conan O’Brien’s dream,” Maher complained, calling it,  “the most hysterical thought I’ve ever heard, in a business known for bullsh*t.”

“Jay reminds me a little of Israel,” Maher continued. “He isn’t perfect but he’s held to standard I don’t think anybody in the world is expected to live up to but him,” he said, calling Leno “the most Machiavellian and also the most morally upright person I know in show business. He will hide in a closet but never needs a confessional booth.” Read More »

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‘Arsenio Hall Show’ Renewed For Season 2 – With Help From Jay Leno: Video

By | Wednesday February 26, 2014 @ 5:54pm PST

ArsenioLenoJay Leno stopped by for tonight’s taping to surprise Arsenio Hall with the announcement that CBS Television Distribution renewed The Arsenio Hall Show for a second season. (The show already had a two-year deal with the stations led by Tribune Broadcasting, so the pickup of the syndicated late-night talker was largely a formality). It marks Leno’s first TV appearance since departing The Tonight Show on February 7. Arsenio debuted September 9. “Actually, on the second season, I’m gonna be hosting — they didn’t tell you that part,” Leno joked after sneaking up on his former rival. Check it out:

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‘Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ Gets Ratings Bump With Guest Michelle Obama

Nellie Andreeva

Michelle-ObamaAs expected, the visit by First Lady Michelle Obama gave The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon a bump, with the broadcast drawing a 5.3 household rating in the metered markets, up a tenth from Wednesday. In comparison, both Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno saw their ratings steadily decline every night during their first week starting/returning to The Tonight Show in 2009/2010. What’s more, Fallon’s ratings have been steady after the second-night drop from the 7.1 for the premiere: 5.3, 5.2, 5.3. Interestingly, Fallon accomplished a similar feat during the premiere week of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, with his Thursday household rating (2.0) rising from Wednesday (1.8) to match the Tuesday performance. Tonight once again dwarfed the late-night broadcast competition, though ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live (2.0 in households) was up 25% from Wednesday with the “Wolf in Sochi” hoax, while CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman (2.0) was down 9%. In the markets with Local People Meters, Fallon averaged a 2.4 rating in adults 18-49, up from both Wednesday (2.2) and Tuesday (2.3) to post the highest demo result since the premiere (3.4). The show’s highlight was a Saturday Night Live-style skit featuring Fallon, and guests Obama and Will Ferrell:

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UPDATE: Night 3 Of Jimmy Fallon’s ‘The Tonight Show’ Hits 10-Year High For Wednesday Viewers

By and | Thursday February 20, 2014 @ 11:20am PST

Jimmy-Fallon-Bradley-Cooper-Charades-VideoUPDATE, 11:20 AM: Jimmy Fallon‘s first Wednesday as host of The Tonight Show may be one he will long remember. Certainly NBC will because with 7.274 million viewers, it marks the highest Wednesday Tonight Show has done in more than 10 years. The last time the late-night franchise had a Wednesday that good was on February 2, 2004, when 7.69 million tuned in. Also Fallon pulled off the rare trick of actually going up in the adults 18-49 demo from his second night to third night. Nielsen has last night’s show drawing a 2.4 rating. That’s better than the 2.0 of Conan O’Brien’s third night of his Tonight Show gig on June 3, 2009 , and it’s a 4% rise from the 2.3 result in the demo Fallon got Tuesday. A rise, however slight, is a feat that neither O’Brien nor Leno could pull off. Both O’Brien in 2009 and Leno in his 2010 return saw their demo ratings dip from night 2 to night 3. O’Brien was down from the 2.3 of his Night 2, while Leno slipped from a 1.6 on March 2, 2010 to a 1.5 on March 3 of that year. Read More »

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‘Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ Debut Ratings On Par With Conan O’Brien’s 2009 Premiere, Beats Jay Leno’s 2010 Return

By | Tuesday February 18, 2014 @ 11:00am PST

Fallon Will SmithPREVIOUS, 6:59 AM: A week and a half after ending his stint on NBC’s Late Night with record ratings, Jimmy Fallon last night began his Tonight Show hosting gig in strong form. The midnight premiere of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon drew a sturdy 7.1/20  in overnight metered-market results. That’s tied with the 7.1/17 metered-market rating that Conan O’Brien pulled on June 1, 2009 when he began his short-lived run as host. (UPDATE 11 AM: The final numbers are in, and last night’s Fallon debut actually edged O’Brien’s opener in total viewers, 11.31 million vs. 9.17 million. Among adults 18-48, the two were tied at a 3.8 rating)

Fallon’s debut is also up from the 5.4/14 metered-market rating that Jay Leno garnered on March 1, 2010 when he returned to fronting the venerable NBC franchise after O’Brien’s brief stint. Leno’s return received a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 and was watched by an audience of 6.67 million. Late night rivals David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel were far behind Fallon last night with both having metered-market ratings of 2.0/5.

Related: Jimmy Fallon’s First ‘Tonight Show’: Will Smith, U2, Robert De Niro & Olympic Fever
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Jimmy Fallon’s First ‘Tonight Show’: Will Smith, U2, De Niro And Olympic Fever

Jimmy Fallon First EpisodeIn his debut as host of NBC‘s The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon paid homage to the show’s storied tradition while also bringing the energy that marked his stint on Late Night. Fallon started off his very first Tonight Show thanking his predecessorsFallon monologue “Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno,” in a broadcast that had all of late-night TV’s familiar trappings — the band, the monologue, the couch, the desk — and featured surprise appearances including Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Seth Rogen, Kim Kardashian, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rudy Giuliani, Mariah Carey, Mike Tyson, and Lady Gaga, who joined first guests Will Smith and U2. The intro directed by Spike Lee reminds viewers that Tonight is back in New York City by showing Fallon in familiar spots including Katz’s Deli. The theme carries over to the spare, elegant set designed by Eugene Lee with its behind-the-desk images of the skyline and wood carvings of some landmarks. (The desk includes a laptop computer to Fallon’s left.) The Roots played the host on with a new theme song that owes a lot to Motown.

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Robert De Niro, Tina Fey, Lady Gaga & Kim Kardashian Surprise Jimmy Fallon On His First ‘Tonight Show’: VIDEO

Fallon DeskThe host wore a gray suit with a white shirt and black tie. In a sentimental opening, without apparent irony, he talked about his “great childhood” in Saugerties, NY, where he would not have predicted that he would graduate high school and go on to host The Tonight Show. “I would have said, ‘I graduated high school?” Fallon also thanked his wife and daughter and his parents, who were in the audience. “I wish I could have gotten you better seats, but it’s a hot show, Dad. I hope you’re proud of me. I know you are.” Fallon also praised his band who, he said, “can play with Tony Bennett [and] they can play with Jay-Z without blinking an eye.” He also thanked his announcer Steve Higgins, “one of my best friends, and I love you. It’s going to be fun.” Fallon recalled staying up late to watch Johnny Carson. Hosting the show “means a lot to me. I hope I do well,” he said. “I just want to do the best I can and take care of the show for a while.” He added that “anyone I can make fun of I will … so you go to sleep with a smile on your face and live a longer life.”


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Jay Leno Bows Out With Biggest ‘Tonight Show’ Week In Decades; Ditto Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Late Night’ Swan Song

Jay Leno‘s Tonight ShowLeno_lastshow__140207022124-575x388 swan song churned up the franchise’s biggest weekly crowd since the week of NBC’s Cheers finale in ’93. Meanwhile, his replacement, Jimmy Fallon wrapped his Late Night hosting gig with that show’s biggest weekly haul since it followed Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show farewell, in May of  ’92.

Leno’s actual Thursday night finale last week clocked the biggest crowd for an individual Tonight show broadcast since Jerry Seinfeld turned up after his primetime hit’s so-long episode, on May 14, 1998. Read More »

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Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Model Leaves David Letterman For Younger Guy – Jimmy Kimmel

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 1:41pm PST

jimmy-kimmel-1-600Another late-night torch has been passed. This time, the “torch” is the Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model, who’s being passed from David Letterman to Jimmy Kimmel.

For the past six years, the SI swimsuit cover and cover model haves been revealed on Dave’s CBS late night show. This afternoon, however, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live announced SI was celebrating the golden anniversary of its swimsuit edition by revealing its 2014 cover on Kimmel’s show, Thursday at 11:35 PM ET. That’s maybe because Letterman’s show is dark this week.  Additionally, this year’s SI swimsuit issue cover model will give her exclusive late-night interview to Kimmel, on February 17; the issue goes live across the web, mobile, tablet and newsstands the next morning.  If this is how Kimmel treats his idol, wonder how he treats his enemies? Oh, right — he issues tweets saying: “Issues aside, 20 years at #1 is a remarkable achievement. Congratulations and best wishes to @jayleno on an incredible run.”

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UPDATE: Leno’s ‘Tonight Show’ Exit Gets 14.6M Viewers, Best Result Since ‘Seinfeld’ Finale Visit In 1998

LenoUPDATE, 11:46AM: Jay Leno’s last Tonight Show has outdone the host’s first departure in 2009 to hit its highest viewership numbers since 1998. Last night’s farewell was seen by 14.637 million viewers, numbers not seen since the 14.962 million that watched when Jerry Seinfeld showed up as a guest on May 14, 1998 when his hit primetime show ended. With a 3.8 rating among adults 18-49, last night’s Tonight hit its best demo result since the 4.4 of January 22, 2010 when Conan O’Brien ended his brief stint fronting the late night show. Leno drew  over 11.9 million viewers when he first signed off Tonight on May 29, 2009.

Related: Jay Leno’s Final ‘Tonight Show’

Last night’s show was the 4th best viewership result since Leno took over from Johnny Carson in 1992. The all-time top Tonight Show of Leno’s reign was the 22.4 million who watched on May 20, 1993 with the Cheers cast after their finale. Number #2 was Leno’s May 25, 1992 debut, which had 16.1 million viewers and number #3 was that May 14, 1998 visit by Jerry Seinfeld. Leno’s last show was up 283% from The Tonight Show’s season viewership average of 3.822 million.  Lead-out Late Night With Jimmy Fallon garnered 6.014 million viewers last night and 2.0 rating. That’s the best Late Night has ever done with the exception of the 6.087 million viewers the show got in a post-Super Bowl 2012 special. In regular weekday broadcasts last night’s Fallon is a record for the former SNL cast member and the best an NBC Late Night show has done since David Letterman’s final show on June 25, 1993.

PREVIOUS, 6;32AM In the end, Jay Leno left The Tonight Show on top — way on top. The longtime host bid farewell to late-night with his highest ratings since March 2009. Last night’s finale pulled in a whooping 9.2 household rating in the metered markets. That’s the best the show has done since March 19, 2009, when President Obama made his maiden appearance on the show as the first sitting president to do a late-night program. It also was higher than Leno’s previous The Tonight Show finale in May 2009, which drew an 8.8 rating. Leno almost tripled Tonight Show‘s delivery from last Thursday, when the show posted a 3.5 rating. The rating caps a strong last week for Leno, in which he had been building in the ratings every night, with a 3.9 on Monday, 4.2 on Tuesday and 4.3 on Wednesday.

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Jay Leno’s ‘Tonight Show’ Finale: His Farewell Speech (Video)

By | Friday February 7, 2014 @ 1:18am PST

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Jay Leno’s ‘Tonight Show’ Finale: Billy Crystal’s Celebrity Musical Featuring Oprah Winfrey, Kim Kardashian, Jack Black (Video)

By | Friday February 7, 2014 @ 1:14am PST

As a parting gift, Billy Crystal and the Shut Your Von Trapp Family Singers sang “So Long Farewell” to Jay Leno. Here is the video featuring Crystal, Jack Black, Oprah Winfrey, Kim Kardashian, Chris Paul, Sheryl Crow, Carol Burnett and Jim Parsons. (Musical number starts after the 2 min mark):

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