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Jay Leno on Tonight Show Layoffs: 'We've Been Taken Over By Bain Capital'
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Posted on 08/21/2012 8:03:36 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Jay Leno on Tonight Show Layoffs: 'We've Been Taken Over By Bain Capital' By Noel Sheppard Created 08/21/2012 - 10:18am

Jay Leno on Monday addressed the recent announcement that there have been numerous layoffs at NBC's Tonight Show forcing him to take a pay cut to save some of his staff.

Feeling the need to take a cheap shot at presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Leno quipped, “Turns out now we've been taken over by Bain Capital" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Leno began his opening monologue saying, “Welcome to the Tonight Show, or as Comcast calls us, The Expendables. That's right.”

After some laughter and applause, Leno continued, “As you may have heard, our parent company has downsized the Tonight Show. You know, and we've consistently been number one in the ratings. And if you know anything about our network, that kind of thing is frowned upon.”

“And more bad news,” Leno said. “Turns out now we've been taken over by Bain Capital. Oh, I can't believe that.”

I guess if you're a late night television host, it's imperative that every gag involve Romney somehow.

But Leno wasn't finished.

“See, I knew something was going on,” he continued. “Friday morning, I woke up and there was a peacock head in my bed.”

“But the good news,” said Leno, “the Tonight Show, it's still free to get into the Tonight Show. Bad news: it’s 100 bucks to get out. Okay? So please, have your money ready. Exact change if possible, though.”


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bain; baincapital; dnctalkingpoints; jayleno; leno; pravdamedia; romneybashing; stupidpeople; tonightshow
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Jerk....
1 posted on 08/21/2012 8:03:41 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Can’t say anything linking it to OBAMA and the economy.
He’d wake up to find a crazy MSNBC Klux Klanster with a gun in his bed, instead of a peacock.

YOU JUST DON’T DO THAT if you want to stay employed at NBC


2 posted on 08/21/2012 8:06:40 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: Sub-Driver

It’s comedy, FGS! Lighten up...


3 posted on 08/21/2012 8:07:48 AM PDT by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: Sub-Driver

It’s comedy, FGS! Lighten up...


4 posted on 08/21/2012 8:07:58 AM PDT by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: Sub-Driver
There are people who watch this rubbish and think it's funny.

When republicans talk about taking the high road in their campaign style it should include staying away from the late night shows. There is absolutely nothing to be gained there.

5 posted on 08/21/2012 8:08:28 AM PDT by Baynative (A man's admiration for absolute government is proportionate to the contempt he feels for others)
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To: Sub-Driver

I didn’t know he was still on, and frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn! I didn’t even know or care that NBC was still on.


6 posted on 08/21/2012 8:09:12 AM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf ( NY Times: We print the news as it fits our views.)
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To: basil
"It’s comedy,..."

That's debatable.

7 posted on 08/21/2012 8:10:32 AM PDT by Baynative (A man's admiration for absolute government is proportionate to the contempt he feels for others)
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To: Sub-Driver
A caring "progressive" with a $50 million CAR COLLECTION! And yet he still insists that he's part of "the 99%.
8 posted on 08/21/2012 8:10:49 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Word Is Out,Harry Reid's Into Child Porn.Release All Your Photos,Harry!)
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To: Sub-Driver

What an AZZ. I hope he gets to drive off in to the sunset while all his porn and car collections go up in smoke.


9 posted on 08/21/2012 8:10:55 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda—Divide and conquer. FREEDOM OR FREE STUFF YOU GET ONE CHOICE CHOOSE WISELY)
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To: Sub-Driver

Well — there’s one comedy writer’s job who was saved.


10 posted on 08/21/2012 8:10:55 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: basil
It’s comedy, FGS! Lighten up...

No, you stupid jackwagon, it's not "comedy". It's propaganda. Grow up.

11 posted on 08/21/2012 8:11:56 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Is he still on TV? There are so many other more interesting, entertaining and challenging things to do than watch TV, let alone him or the other ones.


12 posted on 08/21/2012 8:12:33 AM PDT by Sequoyah101 (Half the people are below average, they voted for oblabla.)
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To: Sub-Driver

I guess there were no obvious Obama Economy jokes...


13 posted on 08/21/2012 8:13:22 AM PDT by Mr. K ("The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum [of good]")
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To: basil
It’s comedy..

Comedy isn't supposed to make you bring up your supper.Although I must admit I *did* hear a laugh track when Harry Reid recently announced that "the word is out".

14 posted on 08/21/2012 8:13:37 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Word Is Out,Harry Reid's Into Child Porn.Release All Your Photos,Harry!)
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To: Sub-Driver

It`s Johnny Carson`s fault.


15 posted on 08/21/2012 8:13:37 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (Yup- where?? who knew?)
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To: bunkerhill7

What he meant to say was “We were waiting for our loan from the Department of Energy, but the money went to Solyndra”


16 posted on 08/21/2012 8:15:47 AM PDT by ozdragon
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To: Sub-Driver

He’s unwatchable.


17 posted on 08/21/2012 8:16:03 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Sub-Driver; All
hey, jay..how are your ratings lately?..are they sinking?....how about that, jay?
admit it your a liberal j@ck@$$

18 posted on 08/21/2012 8:18:22 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; w/ different flie$" :^)
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To: Sub-Driver
Haven't watched him since he started this last gig. He's lost it. And Letterman...he never had it.

IMHO - These late shows are no longer "in". More like People's magazine which Obama thinks is important)...which explains Michelle's visits...Obnoxious b****.

19 posted on 08/21/2012 8:19:41 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: basil

Yes, it is “just” comedy, but it is the fact that the punchline always has the design of injuring Republicans or Conservatives. If it’s “just” comedy, then why don’t they consistently write/tell jokes about Obama, or Democrats, or homosexuals, or Liberals?

The fact is, that the layoffs are more a result of Obama’s policies than anything else and reference to Bain is probably only really known by dedicated political types. The general, Leno-watching TV audience probably has little or no idea what Bain Capital is. So then, really, why do it if nothing more than a bunch of left-wing writers who constantly feel the need to take cheap-shots. These same lefties are so thin-skinned themselves that any joke at their expense is met with street-riots and calls for boycotts.

Yeah, “just” comedy.


20 posted on 08/21/2012 8:20:36 AM PDT by Obadiah (If Reagan had another son he would have looked like Paul Ryan.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Jay, The Tonight Show was downsized on May 22, 1992.


21 posted on 08/21/2012 8:21:30 AM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: basil

It’s not a joke unless everyone thinks it’s funny.


22 posted on 08/21/2012 8:21:44 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.)
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To: basil

Exactly. I thought it was pretty funny.

Anybody want to see Leno’s tax returns?


23 posted on 08/21/2012 8:23:50 AM PDT by proudpapa
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To: ArrogantBustard

Simply stagering that - even here! - people simply cannot grasp reality and are so easily fooled by “just comedy”.


24 posted on 08/21/2012 8:24:10 AM PDT by Obadiah (If Reagan had another son he would have looked like Paul Ryan.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Welcome to the world of the free market-competition.


25 posted on 08/21/2012 8:24:27 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: ArrogantBustard
...it's not "comedy". It's propaganda.

It is indeed. The networks support Zero; no comedian - host or guest - is allowed to mock der Fuhrer. Now, Vice-Chancellor Biden, he is apparently fair game (but even the material aimed at him is obviously restrained).

I was surprised when I caught a snippet of Leno's show last night (during the "funny newspaper clippings" segment) and he showed a photo of Obama where a crystal chandelier hanging behind him made it look like he was wearing a sparkly tiara and earrings. That's about as rough as it gets for the Anointed One. Must be nice.

Just imagine the venom that's being stored-up for Romney.

26 posted on 08/21/2012 8:24:32 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: ArrogantBustard
"No, you stupid jackwagon, it's not "comedy". It's propaganda. Grow up."

You sir are truly an ArrogantBastard....

27 posted on 08/21/2012 8:24:32 AM PDT by Johnny_cash
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To: Sub-Driver

Anyone knows that if Bain Capital had actually taken it over MSNBC would have been off the air on Monday and they would be trying to find something more profitable.


28 posted on 08/21/2012 8:24:51 AM PDT by kempster
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To: Sub-Driver

The economy is so bad The Tonight Show is losing money. Whose fault is it? Bus...I mean Romney!

You’d think Leno could have taken a bigger paycut and saved everyone’s job. But nooo ... he’s too greeedy.

Release your tax returns Jay!


29 posted on 08/21/2012 8:27:29 AM PDT by carmody
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To: Sub-Driver
No it's comedy.
Funny line in my opinion...
30 posted on 08/21/2012 8:27:29 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Yes it’s comedy. Lighten up


31 posted on 08/21/2012 8:28:55 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: basil
“It’s comedy, FGS! Lighten up...”

I can only speak for myself but the problem I (and probably allot of other people) have is it's almost always directed towards Repubs/Conservitives, almost never at lib/dems like zero and his ilk. If these “comments” were more evenly balanced I think people wouldn't have such a problem with it.

I'm kinda getting tired of the “oh he's just a comedian so you can't criticize him” excuse.

32 posted on 08/21/2012 8:30:06 AM PDT by V_TWIN (obama=where there's smoke, there's mirrors)
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To: Sub-Driver

I always said deep down Jay is a goose stepping moronic liberal who will always lick

the boots of his masters.


33 posted on 08/21/2012 8:30:25 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Team 0bama probably called Jay and told him to deflect these layoffs away from being because of 0bama’s policies.


34 posted on 08/21/2012 8:30:50 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: Johnny_cash; ArrogantBustard

He is correct, however. It is propaganda.


35 posted on 08/21/2012 8:31:25 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

Thanks for confirming your poor judgment and lack of discernment.


36 posted on 08/21/2012 8:35:06 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Johnny_cash

I yam what I yam ... no false advertising, here.


37 posted on 08/21/2012 8:35:55 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Jay...

You have fallen on your not-funny-anymore @$$ because your program has shown you are a sycophant liberal suck-up...

Balance the scales by being fair and equally "humorous" across the political spectrum....
...Perhaps you will get some of your audience back.

I turned your show off some years ago...
... and I go out of the way to boycott your sponsors.

I am sure you can get a job as an auctioneer...

G'luck...

38 posted on 08/21/2012 8:36:53 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: basil

Yeah right—NOT


39 posted on 08/21/2012 8:37:29 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda—Divide and conquer. FREEDOM OR FREE STUFF YOU GET ONE CHOICE CHOOSE WISELY)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
It’s not a joke unless everyone thinks it’s funny.

Also, IF it were TRUE

40 posted on 08/21/2012 8:39:17 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda—Divide and conquer. FREEDOM OR FREE STUFF YOU GET ONE CHOICE CHOOSE WISELY)
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To: trisham; Johnny_cash
Of course I'm right.

It's pure Alinsky.

"RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)"

It's so simple even Bam-Bam the jug-eared wonder, chooming his brains out in a beat-up microbus, can understand it.

41 posted on 08/21/2012 8:41:45 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Sub-Driver

It’s all part of the wall-to-wall Liberal tyranny in America.

The anti-Conservative culture in this country is pervasive.

Since most of Americans have grown up with it, they don’t notice how insidious it really is.

With a wholesome and properly functioning MSM, there’d also be equivalent and simultaneous criticism at the expense of Liberals.

America will never be THAT sophisticated!


42 posted on 08/21/2012 8:45:27 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: ArrogantBustard
“Thanks for confirming your poor judgment and lack of discernment.”

You must not find a lot of humor in your day...
I would venture Romney would find Leno's line funny. And then Romney would quip back with something about Leno.

That's what Reagan would have done.

43 posted on 08/21/2012 8:46:01 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: Sub-Driver

No Jay, you’ve been screwed gay style by your messiah Barry.

Now be a good little liberal sheep and just bend over for Barry. You know you like it. You know you do.


44 posted on 08/21/2012 8:46:56 AM PDT by History Repeats (Drink plenty of TEA, but avoid the Koolaid.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Actually they’re owned by GE, a major Obama supporter thanks to the alternative energy dollars that Obama’s been passing along.


45 posted on 08/21/2012 8:48:06 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: TribalPrincess2U

if it were true, THAT would be hilarious!


46 posted on 08/21/2012 8:50:54 AM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Sub-Driver
Last night Letterman went after the Seal Team guys who are criticizing Obama for using the Bin Laden Death for Political gain. Of course there was no mention of the real issue of Intelligence Leaks from the WH.

He didn't use the term “Seal Team”, he just whined about people saying Obama had nothing to do with the Death of Bin Laden. I didn't bother watching the whole segment because I can't stand the guy.

47 posted on 08/21/2012 8:52:55 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Republicans Hope people are Smart, but Democrats Know people are Stupid.)
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

GE sold NBC to Comcast nearly 3 years ago. Do try to keep up.


48 posted on 08/21/2012 8:54:06 AM PDT by bigdaddy45
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts; basil
It’s not a joke unless everyone thinks it’s funny.

LOL
49 posted on 08/21/2012 8:54:23 AM PDT by kenavi (Obama doesn't hate private equity. He wants to be it with our money.)
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To: HereInTheHeartland
You must not find a lot of humor in your day...

Thanks for confirming your poor judgment and lack of discernment.

50 posted on 08/21/2012 8:55:31 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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