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Leno might be "the worst interviewer," but that's because he doesn't care

by Geoff Bennett, posted Jan 29th 2007 6:47PM

George LopezJay Leno took one on the chin (pun intended) last week, when TV comic George Lopez verbally attacked the late night host on an Orlando, Fla. radio show. The ABC star called Leno "two-faced" and "the worst interviewer" on TV.

But Brad Dickson, a former staff writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, thinks Lopez may be onto something -- at least about those interviews.

"I don't think Leno's 'interviewing skills' are particularly important to him," the 13-year Tonight Show vet told AOL Television. "The skits on the show don't seem to matter much either, nor does the music."

Dickson, who recently released the self-help spoof Maybe Life's Just Not That Into You: When You Feel Like the World's Voted You Off, said Leno only focuses on one thing: the jokes.

"He's obsessed with the monologue. The producers go to great lengths to try and get him to develop some interviewing skills and to make the comedy bits better, but Leno spends nearly every waking moment reading jokes from 3 x 5 cards, deciding which to use on the program. I always pictured him during the 1994 L.A. earthquake, while the city crumbled, crouched under a door frame reading jokes on little index cards, getting ready for that night's show."

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Pamela

George Lopez is so unfunny, that his statements about Leno must be a joke (a bad joke). Jay Leno is an icon, who must put on a show five nights a week, and be funny and a gracious host. So if he is less enthused about a guest once in awhile, so be it. George Lopez' name shouldn't even be used in the same sentence as Leno. Like Donald Trump and Rosie O'Donnell, he wanted his 15 minutes of fame and to see his name in the news. What a loser.

January 30 2007 at 8:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GamerJunk.net

The monologue is the best part. Jay Leno has the best jokes, Conan has the best skits and Letterman has the craziest interviews.

George Lopez is annoying and always wants to attack someone. Is he still going after Carlos Mencia for not worshipping him?

January 30 2007 at 8:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
4ham

I rarely watch the interview segments because no matter the show and who's hosting it, it's the same song and dance. The first guest hardly even stays on for the entire hour anymore. Letterman looks like he's insulted he has to stay up so late, and Leno appears he doesn't care. And the band? They all appear to be real thrilled when the camera cuts to them. Though in the case of Max Wienberg, it's his stictk to look less then thrilled. I fear Conan getting the earlier timeslot because of the increased censor scrunity. I don't watch all that much latenight tv anymore but when I'm up I watch Conan. Why? I'm gonna laugh, either with him or at him.

January 30 2007 at 2:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Linda

Why would anyone watch comedians for their interview skills? If you want a good interview, go to a station utilizing journalists. However, in defense of Leno, how else would you start an interview with Hugh Grant than "What the hell were you thinking?"
Case closed.

January 30 2007 at 1:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jake

Funny how he is so far above all the rest -- number 1 -- so he must be doing something right. You want to talk about bad interviewing skills -- how about David Letterman -- who doesn't know anything nor asks questions that are pertinent to the movie or tv show one is promoting.

January 30 2007 at 12:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1iPete

Sadly, now that Koppel has retired, I find the average Nightline funnier than Leno.

For my money, Conan & Ferguson are the best late night hosts right now.

January 29 2007 at 9:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Whitecat

I think Jimmy Kimmel is better than 'em all.

January 29 2007 at 9:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Borat

Craig Ferguson currently provides the best monologue...hilarious almost all the time. He's not a bad interviewer either.

Letterman's interviews are the best, and Conan's wackiness always insures that something funny will happen.

But Leno? He even manages to make the funniest and most interesting people the most boring people on earth.

January 29 2007 at 9:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Maven

When I heard the interview, I thought it was a planted question since they play off the Rosie-The Donald feud. Then I starting thinking about what would have put Lopez and Leno at odds--The Michael Jackson trial. Lopez ended up testifying for the prosecution and Leno for the defense.

January 29 2007 at 9:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SeanTubbs

I'd like to say Colbert has a better show than any of them these days. Watching Colbert in his first year is like watching early Letterman, when television itself was the most common subject of jokes.

January 29 2007 at 8:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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