The much-publicized exit of co-star Selma Blair from Charlie Sheen‘s FX series Anger Management has resulted in what Sheen told Jay Leno last night is “Anger Management 2.0” — which apparently means his character Charlie Goodson is now a little bit more like his old character Charlie Harper. “The problem was that people were still excited about the Two And a Half character and thinking the Anger Management character was a little…dull”, Sheen said in explaining the creative shake-up. “So, um, that is not the case anymore.” Blair left the series in June midway through its 100-episode order after she was “fired” by Sheen via a salty text message. Production continued as scheduled as the show was retooled.
Walking up to February 6 – the day NBC will boot him from The Tonight Show, again, Jay Leno stopped by Craig Ferguson’s CBS late-night talker last night to critique Ferguson’s hosting skills, and to say who was his favorite among the 14 NBC programming chiefs for whom he’s worked. Safe to assume it’s not Jeff Zucker or Bob Greenblatt:
EXCLUSIVE:Jay Leno-hosted Tonight Show will air its last episode on February 6, and, per terms of his show exit deal with NBC, the cast and crew will be paid until his contract expires in September. Tonight EP Debbie Vickers made the announcement today to staffers at the show, informed sources report. It’s unclear how many crew and staff were at the meeting on the show’s Burbank lot. At one point it was reported Tonight had about 170 total staffers, including some contract workers. NBC declined comment on today’s news.
The announcement isn’t a total surprise. At NBC’s Upfront presentation to advertisers in May, the network officially announced that Jay Leno would end his 22-year run on Tonight Show during the week leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics — which start February 7. NBC also announced Jimmy Fallon would replace him on Monday, February 24, the night after the closing ceremony, followed by the debut of Late Night With Seth Meyers at 12:30 AM. Fallon’s Tonight Show will be broadcast from New York City; Lorne Michaels is exec producing, and Fallon’s Late Night writer Amy Ozols has been named producer. Read More »
UPDATE, 10:40 AM: The private dinner that was off the White House schedule Tuesday night was revealed this morning. President Obama and Jeffrey Katzenberg had dinner last night, the White House has confirmed. The dinner came after Obama taped his sixth appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno last night. The DreamWorks Animation CEO was a major contributor to Obama’s reelection campaign and other Democrats last year. He was not among the moguls present at the big bucks fundraiser at former News Corp No. 2 and now independent producer Peter Chernin’s house that Obama attended during his last trip to LA in early June.
Read the edited Pool Report here:
Press Secretary Jay Carney tells pool that POTUS had dinner with “his longtime friend, Jeffrey Katzenberg,” the CEO of DreamWorks, last night in Los Angeles. The two dined alone at POTUS’s hotel, the Hilton Woodland Hills.The two dined in POTUS’s hotel room. POTUS paid. The White House did not release information about POTUS’s plans last night despite questions from pool.
PREVIOUSLY, 6:19 PM: This was President Obama’s 6th visit to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno today. After the pre-taped interview, the President will be having a private dinner with Hollywood supporters while in town, sources say. Officially nothing is on the White House schedule. “Private is the key word,” said one insider.
President Obama became the first sitting president to appear on late-night when he visited The Tonight Show With Jay Leno in March 2009. Now he is set to return to the NBC show August 6 — it will be his sixth appearance, the most recent one coming in October. That pre-election visit resulted in a big ratings boost for the now departing Leno. According to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today, the President will be giving an economic policy speech near Phoenix earlier on the day of the 6th before taping with Leno in Burbank. While details on the rest of Obama’s schedule are sketchy, he will be staying in the area after his Tonight Show appearance. Obama is set to head to Camp Pendleton on the 7th for a visit with the Marines based there.
Looks like Jay Leno is going out on top. In his final May as host of The Tonight Show, Leno is No. 1 on the late-night heap for the first full week of the sweep and drawing some of his best ratings in months. That’s a success story that could prove awkward for NBC at next week’s upfront presentation as it sets the stage for Jimmy Fallon to take over The Tonight Show next year. It’s a situation made all the more uncomfortable because NBC has been boasting about Leno’s results, and the struggling network’s only other heavyweights right now besides Leno are The Voice and Sunday Night Football. Then there’s the fact that Fallon is in a far tighter race in his current 12:35 AM time slot than Leno is at 11:35 PM. With 3.4 million viewers on average for the week of April 29-May 3, The Tonight Show easily bested CBS’ The Late Show With David Letterman (2.8 million viewers) and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2.5 million viewers). ABC ran a Kimmel encore show on May 3 as it usually does on Fridays. Over the frame, Leno matched his ratings result of the comparable week last year with a 0.8/3 among adults 18-49. That translated into 1.039 million viewers in the demo last week compared with Letterman’s 0.6/3 (766,000 viewers) and Kimmel’s 0.6/3 (820,000).
“It’s been an interesting year — no question about it,” NBC‘s Matt Lauer said to Jay Leno on Thursday night. Understatement much? But, the embattled Todayhost told the embattled Tonighthost, “I am not a guy who complains — I love this job, I really do.” Leno then brought up Kathie Lee Gifford’s letter of support for Lauer that she circulated among their Today colleagues, garnering hundreds of signatures. Lauer praised the former 15-year ABC morning host’s “very, very sweet” gesture, emphasizing, “She’s kind and she’s compassionate — and she’s been there.”
Somehow, another NBC late-night transition has turned into a public drama. And this time, the two hosts involved are not even feuding. The network has found itself in a groundswell of speculation surrounding The Tonight Show host Jay Leno and Late Night‘s Jimmy Fallon. The network is staying mum on its plans, but a few things appear settled: Fallon is poised to replace Leno on The Tonight Show. When he does, he is not expected to copy his predecessor Conan O’Brien’s cross-country move from New York to Los Angeles. I hear Fallon and his producers had been lobbying for staying put in New York. Fallon’s current studio is being renovated, which sources say was part of a planned refurbishing of 30 Rock, and it will likely house the future Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, marking the show’s return to the East Coast after more than four decades in Burbank. Leno’s current contract, which is up in September 2014, will likely be late-night host’s last one. In an interview with GQ, Late Night executive producer Lorne Michaels also hinted at the inevitability of Fallon’s anointment as new Tonight host. “I’m not allowed to say it — yet,” he said. “But I think there’s an inevitability to it,” He added: “He’s the closest to Carson that I’ve seen of this generation.”
With the players and the framework set, the biggest uncertainty in the transition appears to be the exact timing. There is speculation that NBC brass may have settled on an end date for Leno and that Leno and Fallon, who regularly chat on the phone, have discussed the issue in a call initiated by Fallon — though all sides are denying that there is a plan in place. For now, sources at NBC indicate that the network has no plans to announce Leno’s Tonight exit at NBC’s upfront presentation in May, though the rampant speculation may force their hand in the decision-making. An announcement of Leno’s retirement is tied with the introduction of Fallon as new Tonight host, something he has not been contracted for yet. I hear NBC has not started or is in very early stages of making Fallon’s deal for The Tonight Show. Read More »
Jay Leno isn’t letting up. On Tuesday night the The Tonight Show With Jay Leno host took another shot at his NBC overlords: “A 28-year-old woman from Serbia has a rare brain condition where she sees everything upside down”, he said in his monologue. “The good news? She’s now been given a job at the White House as President Obama’s economic adviser. Isn’t that crazy and unbelievable? She sees everything upside down. In fact, she thinks NBC is at the top of the ratings!” The joke comes a day after Leno called NBC’s executives “snakes” (watch it below) and brings him back to the target that sparked his recent feud with NBC’s Bob Greenblatt: NBC’s abysmal ratings. Read More »
On the third night in his new 11:35 PM time slot, Jimmy Kimmel garnered his highest viewership so far and beat both The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Late Show With David Letterman in the key adults 18-49 demo. Although Kimmel’s total Thursday audience of 3.167 million was up over Wednesday’s 2.859 million and his Tuesday debut’s 3.097 million, Leno topped last night with 3.4 million and Letterman was second with 3.289 million. However, in the 18-49 demo, Kimmel’s 1.241 million was up solidly – 32% over Tonight Show’s 938,000 and 34% over Late Show’s 929,000. On Kimmel’s first night in his new slot, Tonight Show drew 1.084 million adults 18-49 versus Kimmel’s 887,000 and Letterman’s 683,000. Read More »
UPDATE: 11:25 AM: On its first night in its new time slot, Jimmy Kimmel Live had more viewers than The Late Show With David Letterman but fell short of topping The Tonight Show. ABC’s Kimmel pulled in 3.097 million viewers Tuesday night compared to 2.882 million for CBS’ Letterman and 3.274 million for Leno. The Tonight Show got 1.084 million in the Adults 18-49 demographic compared to Jimmy Kimmel Live’s 887,000. But Kimmel solidly bested The Late Show among demo, getting 30% more than Letterman’s 683,000.
PREVIOUSLY, 8:28 AM: Jimmy Kimmel had a very good night Tuesday. In his 11:35 PM debut for his ABC late-night talk show, the host beat now-rivals Jay Leno and David Letterman in households and in the key adults 18-49 demo. In 25 markets with local people meters, Jimmy Kimmel Liveearned a 1.0/5 rating in 18-49, besting The Tonight Show’s 0.8/4 and Late Show’s 0.6/3. Among Nielsen’s 56 metered markets (with Memphis and Salt Lake City excluded), Kimmel’s move from midnight to a half-hour earlier saw his show receive a 2.8/8 household result, compared with Letterman’s 2.7/7 and Leno’s 2.4/6.
Seems Jimmy Kimmel is still no fan of Jay Leno. “As a comedian, you can’t not have disdain for what he’s done. He totally sold out,” the ABC late night host tells Rolling Stone in the mag’s latest issue. Kimmel, whose decade old Jimmy Kimmel Live, is moving to the 11:35 PM slot on January 8, sticks it to The Tonight Showhost various times in the article, which comes out on newsstands today. At one point Kimmel refers to Leno as “a master chef who opened a Burger King.” This latest slam against Leno by Kimmel comes less than three weeks after the ABC host compared the NBC host to Jason from the Friday The 13th horror movies. He also said that “as much as he would like it, Jay Leno can’t stay on television forever,” in reference to rumors of Jimmy Fallon eventually moving up to host The Tonight Show himself. In the Rolling Stone article, Kimmel calls Fallon “a very worthy competitor” for the next generation late night king. Read More »
Jimmy Kimmel today said Jay Leno reminds him of Jason from the Friday the 13th horror movies. “Just when you think he’s dead, he comes back,” said the ABC late night host Wednesday on a conference call about his show’s move to 11:35 PM next year. Kimmel was addressing rumors that Jimmy Fallon could replace The Tonight Showhost in the next few years. “The fact is that NBC is going to make a decision someday. As much as he would like it, Jay Leno can’t stay on television forever and Jimmy Fallon is the heir apparent,” Kimmel said of his soon-to-be direct rival come January 8, 2013. While Kimmel admitted that he didn’t like what he perceived as Leno scheming against his hero David Letterman over who would take over The Tonight Show from Johnny Carson back in 1992 in the end “Jay’s just another guy doing a TV show.” Kimmel also said that The Tonight Show’s move to a minute earlier at 11:34 PM doesn’t worry him much either. “It tells me that they are a bit concerned,” said Kimmel on a conference call Wednesday. “I’ll be curious to see how long that goes on. That’s a trick designed to bring up their ratings in the first month,” he added. “What really matters is how you do in May and that’s when we’ll know where we stand.”
Kimmel said today that not a lot will change on his show when it moves to 11:35 PM. “It will pretty much be the same show we’ve always been doing,” he said. There’s this idea that you need to broaden the show or make it more wholesome, and I think that is outdated,” he added. “The jokes will remain exactly the same,” he said. “We’re moving 25 minutes earlier. From a Standards and Practices standpoint it’s not a huge difference.” Read More »
President Obama’s visit to The Tonight Show last night gave the show its best Wednesday ratings in more than two and a half years — though it was down from the last time the President was on. Last night’s show drew a 4.0/10 in metered-market households, the best Wednesday since March 3, 2010, the week Leno returned to host the NBC late-night show. Improving on The Tonight Show’s Wednesday season average by 48%, last night’s show was tied for the fifth-best overnight household rating since Leno’s return. Yesterday’s appearance was Obama’s third since taking office; his October 25, 2011 visit, a Tuesday, got a 4.1/11. That 2011 was the fourth best overnight Tonight has had since March 1, 2010. The President’s numbers last night also surpassed his wife’s last visit with Leno, when she drew a 3.3/8 for an August 13 appearance with Olympian Gabby Douglas. The Tonight Show has been averaging 3.4 million viewers on Wednesdays.
Talking to Jay Leno tonight, President Obama blamed the bad blood between himself and Celebrity Apprentice host Donald Trump on youthful “constant run-ins on the soccer field” in Kenya, according to the White House press reports. Earlier today, Trump offered to donate $5 million to Obama’s charity of choice if the President would make public his passport and college records. Leno compared the situation to “me and Letterman. What has he got against you here? I don’t get it.” Obama’s appearance on The Tonight Show will air tonight. This was the President’s fifth visit to the NBC late-night show, and his third since taking office in 2009. Here’s the edited and condensed pool report of his appearance:
At the Tonight Show, President Obama blasted Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s rape comments, poked fun at Donald Trump, and took a shot at photo identification voting laws passed by several states.
On Trump, Leno asked what’s the deal between the real estate mogul and reality TV show host and the president? Trump offered Obama $5 million Wednesday if he released his college and passport records. Obama told Leno that the beef dates back to when he and Trump were growing up Kenya. “We had constant run-ins on the soccer field,” Obama said. “He wasn’t very good and resented it. When we finally moved to America I thought it would be over.” Obama
President Obama will be in Los Angeles on Wednesday for a quick visit with Jay Leno, the White House announced today. Two days after the last Presidential debate set for tonight, Obama’s appearance on The Tonight Show will come in the middle of a multi-state campaign swing that will see the incumbent in Iowa, Colorado, California and Nevada. This is only the second time Obama has come to LA since he took office in 2009 without attending a fundraiser here. Obama has been to LA 13 times since he entered the White House. Wednesday’s visit with Jay Leno will be Obama’s fifth on the NBC late-night show and the third since taking office It is also his first time back in LA since the 30 Days To Victory Concert And Dinner fundraisers October 7. The Leno appearance also comes one day beforeMichelle Obama is in town for a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live and a fundraiser at Will Smith’s house. The First Lady was last on Leno in August, giving the show a ratings bump.
Mitt Romney has not visited late-night TV in recent months, but his wife Ann made her solo Tonight Show debut on September 25. This election season has seen both Obamas on several shows from The View and Live With Kelly & Michael to Late Show With David Letterman as well as the president’s visit last week to… Read More »
The Democrats beat the Republican in the TV talk battle yesterday. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama’s first joint visit to The View pulled in 4.3 million viewers, the highest viewership the ABC daytime talk show has seen since President Obama appeared solo on the show May 15 and the second-highest it has drawn since May 2011. The show also had four-month highs in key demos: up 30% among total viewers and 34% in adults 18-49 season-to-date. Yesterday’s show garnered 1.1 million adults 18-49 and a 0.9 rating, 1.4 million viewers and a 1.2 rating in adults 25-54, 793,000 viewers and a 1.2 rating in women 18-49, and 1 million viewers and a 1.7 rating in women 25-54.
Despite what Mitt Romney thinks, the late-night host really doesn’t hate him. In fact, David Letterman thinks the GOP presidential candidate is “delusional” to believe that and he wants him on his show. ”We don’t hate you, Mitt. We don’t hate people,” Letterman told his Late Show viewers last night. “Let me ask you something Mitt. If we hated you, why do we keep begging you to be on the show?” In a recently released video of Romney talking to donors, he told the crowd Letterman hates him because he has appeared so often on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. ”If this is based on being on the Leno show more than our show, does it makes any sense that we would hate a man who has gone through that suffering?” Letterman said. Here’s Letterman’s invite: