Jay Leno Deftly Sidesteps Bill Cosby Question

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Jay Leno comments on Bill Cosby allegations, congratulates Larry Wilmore.

Jay Leno attends Storytellers and the Shaping of Pop Culture: A Chat With Jay Leno at NATPE 2015 at Fontainebleau Miami Beach on January 21, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida Credit: Aaron Davidson/Getty Images is mystified by those who don’t believe the women who have come forward with accusations against Bill Cosby.Jay Leno spoke enthusiastically about the state of the comedy industry during a Q&A session on Wednesday at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference.debuted Comedy Central’s new on Monday, and the veteran writer, comedian and Daily Show correspondent brought a solid sampling for his first time at bat.

Wilmore devoted the beginning of his episode to taunting Cosby apologists who say the comedian isn’t guilty of sexual assault despite claims by numerous of women. During an interview with CNN, Janice Dickinson described her alleged encounter with the star, saying that Cosby, whom she called a “monster,” drugged and raped her. “The last thing I remember was blacking out and Cosby mounting me like the monster he was,” she said after explaining that he gave her a pill that she thought was for menstrual cramps. “And I was thinking, ‘What the heck?’ I remember passing out, but more specifically waking up. Comedy Central’s late night block, like all of TV, has also been bringing in more and more viewers with time shifting — and Wilmore stands to grow significantly after people sample throughout the week. Here you need 25.” Leno said the scandal, which began in October 2014 with a video of comedian Hannibal Buress calling Cosby a rapist during a stand-up set, was an example of how unfiltered information is spread these days.

Leno said it was a good thing that the “flat-out statement” made by Buress “reverberated around the world.” He also noted that on any other media platform, that remark would have been edited. The half-hour, home to Stephen Colbert for the last nine years, built on the 11 p.m. success of Jon Stewart and helped make the cable network a late-night destination that’s rivaled the broadcast networks. Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made the controversy part of their opening monologue at this year’s Golden Globes, and comedian/director Judd Apatow said he “absolutely would like to see [Cosby] in jail” or “at the very least, go in [his] mansion and disappear for the rest of [his] life.” During a lighter note in the Q&A, Leno described comedian Larry Wilmore’s new late-night show, The Nightly Show on Comedy Central, as “terrific.” “Wilmore brings a different perspective,” Leno said. Most viewers to his show probably knew what to expect for the most part.” Colbert’s success in the time slot, which sometimes even rivaled his lead-in, wrapped on a high note in December.

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