Friday, May 29, 2009

Jay Leno: the Volkswagen to CSI's Cadillac

Noted car buff Jay Leno compared himself to a Volkswagen in the latest issue of Rolling Stone. Neil Strauss interviewed the departing "Tonight Show" host for the magazine's "Hot List" issue, which features a nude Lady Gaga on the cover -- despite that eye-catching image, of course Talk Show News noticed the headline "Jay Leno: The RS Interview" down by Gaga's left wrist. We haven't read the whole piece yet, but the magazine's blog features a few excerpts:

Leno is cautiously optimistic about his prime-time chances. Other observers are less generous — Sumner Redstone, whose Viacom owns CSI home CBS, went as far as to say that the crime drama would “beat the hell” out of Leno.

“Oh, that’s fine. I’m going to go with that one,” Leno says. “They will win. Hopefully we’ll catch them on the reruns. It’s like a Cadillac costs more than a Volkswagen, but if you sell enough Volkswagens, you succeed because of volume.”
Leno also states that he isn't going to give Conan O'Brien any advice. "His show has been number one [in its time slot] for the past 15 years. So I’m sure he’ll make that transition [to 11:35] fine."