Jay Leno on Bill Cosby: ‘I don’t know why it’s so hard to believe women’

22 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Jay Leno Speaks Candidly About Bill Cosby and Hannibal Buress.

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.

“I don’t know why it’s so hard to believe women,” the former Tonight Show host said at the annual NATPE conference in Miami, Variety reports. “You to go Saudi Arabia and you need two women to testify against a man. Here you need 25.” Leno then remarked about how the most recent accusations against Cosby began getting traction after a video of comedian Hannibal Buress calling Cosby a rapist during a standup routine went viral. “On any other media that would have been edited,” he said. “People are getting news unfiltered now.” Cosby’s legal team has repeatedly denied allegations from more than 15 women that the former Cosby Show star, 77, drugged or sexually assaulted them. 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.

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. And then a lot of times now with people they have to filter the story to suit sponsors or whatever it might be. “I think this whole Cosby thing,” added Leno, “Hannibal Buress started it. 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.

But because somebody would put the news out raw and unfiltered — which I think is fantastic — it was a great thing.” “I came into work one day and they said, ‘Oh you’re being replaced.’ OK, I’m out. I said OK because everybody from The Tonight Show had been there a long time. … I like to keep the same people all the time … so I said I’ll do a 10 o’clock show, and we had a two-year guaranteed contract. “The idea behind that show was we were never going to win primetime,” said Leno, “but when reruns came around we would be the only ones doing original programs and we would make money then. We did OK We did as well as we could have hoped. “The thing that got me was — and I never saw this coming — suddenly scripted programmers were protesting: ‘Oh, Jay Leno you’re taking away our jobs.’ It never occurred to me that we would take away scripted.

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