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  1. Barry Grubs says

    A-FUCKING-MEN! I wrote a very similar letter to Mr. Leno a few days ago…of course I’ll never get a response, but I’m glad to know that Jeff Whitty is back on the case. GROW UP LENO…

  2. Barry Grubs says

    A-FUCKING-MEN! I wrote a very similar letter to Mr. Leno a few days ago…of course I’ll never get a response, but I’m glad to know that Jeff Whitty is back on the case. GROW UP LENO…

  3. rascal says

    I’ve always noted a thread of mean-spiritedness in Jay Leno, particularly, oddly enough, in his interviews. I don’t think he’s homophobic, I think he’s an equal-opportunity douchebag.

  4. Nick says

    Jay reflects America in all of its ugliness.
    He is patronizing, sophmoric and simplistic in his humor. He panders to the lowest common denominator -witness his ridiculously awful segments where he makes fun of ignorant people who don’t mind appearing stupid for their 15 mins. Gay people will always be fodder for humor aimed at 15 year old male adolescents. Jay does that and is only reflecting what Hollywood offers up as cinematic entertainment on the big screen. When you
    allow “reality” television to dictate what is entertainment -watching Jay make fun of gay folks-isn’t a stretch—sadly. There isn’t any hope for Jay.

  5. says

    I think Jay thinks that anything other than being a straight white male is up for comedy fodder (and if you’re too straight-laced, he can use that too) but unlike Don Rickles or the other comedians he’s grown up loving, he has no respect for anyone but himself and the few people he loves.

    He’ll be off the air soon enough, so let’s focus our attention on Conan, who isn’t wonderfully gay-friendly either.

  6. Strepsi says

    to RASCAL: I worked in comedy for 15 years, and saying “I’m an equal opportunity offender” is the first and only cop-out of the bigot. Further, it is NEVER true. How often have you seen Jay Leno say “White people are stupid?” or “Italians are disgusting because” or or “Men are pigs” (in the case of an anti-MAN joke, not an anti-woman one?) Jay Leno is a fucking pig. Case Closed. And Jeff Whittey is suddenly smoking HOT. Team Jeff.

  7. Rikard says

    Could someone package Whitty in foil so I could keep him in my wallet and unroll him on…I digress. I can’t say enough good about how proud I am to be represented by a man with such brilliance and economy. As for Leno, check out any of his head shots if you want to see a gay look, well Liberace gay, not gay-gay. I’ll be glad when he’s off air and touring the country. Playing to ever shrinking audiences.

  8. Brian says

    Maybe I am in the minority, but its COMEDY people. Granted, Leno isnt funny… Have any of you been to a comedy club lately? They make fun of EVERYONE. I am sick of living in a world that is SO Politically Correct. Lets stop focusing on Leno and place all of this vitrol on that Kern devil.

  9. says

    There are plenty of instances when humor about gay people is inoffensive and even inclusive. In this case, Leno’s joke—asking an actor who played gay ages ago to make his gayest face—was obviously insulting. And I would argue that that kind of anti-gay joking around (which yes, occurs in comedy clubs, but that’s no excuse, those places have thrived on hate humor) actually helps make the Kern devils of the world more palatable to the public. It’s not prissily PC to get offended when people insult you.

  10. Audrey says

    I tell you what’s ridiculously Politically Correct, it’s that that witch Sally Kern can hide behind her imaginary friend in the sky and claim he told her to make her hatin’ comments.

    Church? Ha, now that’s the biggest comedy club in town. And most y’all are too dumb to get the joke.

  11. Banjiboi says

    Aside from being an overall douche, I think Leno was just trying to jump on the “gay is the new black” trend a few str8 comedians have been milking lately, some to good effect:

    I’m Fucking Ben Affleck (Affleck + Kimmel)
    Iran So Far (Andy Samberg + Fred Armisen SNL)
    I’m Dating Your Dad (Andy Samberg + Jonah Hill, SNL)

    ….but he failed miserably. I know that some think that even the above parodies are offensive, but I thought they were funny enough.

    Leno just wasn’t clever enough to pull it off, and in the process insulted Ryan by attempting to drag him into the joke.

    Lame.

  12. Paul R says

    Before Leno got the Tonight Show and Rosie O’Donnell got her talk show, both based their humor on anti-PC, occasionally vulgar jokes. In the mid-80s I remember Leno had a routine about starving Africans that was so offensive it was funny—sort of like South Park humor (which I usually don’t like, largely because the voices get on my nerves). Even Ellen Degeneres used to be much less sweet when she was still a standup.

    I think that Leno probably feels like he’s been emasculated comedically, since he’s on a major network. So he goes after the only group that’s still safe to mock: the gays. He’s an idiot. Never trust anyone with a massive car collection. It’s an obvious sign they have doubts in their masculinity. He has to put on a happy face on the show, but he’s not a content person.

  13. Banjiboi says

    Aside from being an overall douche, I think Leno was just trying to jump on the “gay is the new black” trend a few str8 comedians have been milking lately, some to good effect:

    I’m Fucking Ben Affleck (Affleck + Kimmel)
    Iran So Far (Andy Samberg + Fred Armisen SNL)
    I’m Dating Your Dad (Andy Samberg + Jonah Hill, SNL)

    ….but he failed miserably. I know that some think that even the above parodies are offensive, but I thought they were funny enough.

    Leno just wasn’t clever enough to pull it off, and in the process insulted Ryan by attempting to drag him into the joke.

    Lame.

  14. Pugzz says

    God bless Jeff! This is the kind of smart, watchdog activism we really need and thank you for posting it so we all see it. Awesome letter Jeff…just perfect!

  15. Bobby says

    Jay Leno has NEVER made me laugh. Maybe his “humor” is appreciated by people with lower IQs than Jay’s, I don’t know. I do know he seems homophobic and out of touch and can’t wait until Conan takes over for him.

    Anyone that laughs at Leno is probably swinging from trees anyway.

    Way to Jeff Whitty. You rock and I’m thankful for people like you in our community.

  16. Paul R says

    Banjiboi, I agree that the skits you listed were for the most part OK, probably didn’t mean to be offensive (though all relied on stupide stereotypes), and I doubt Andy Samberg in particular is homophobic. But every episode of SNL contains at least three skits, fake commercials, or just gay-themed jokes that make me cringe.

    Tina Fey is a lead writer on the show and has give many interviews where she says she loves the gays. But she still doesn’t get it. Either, apparently, does Stephen Colbert (who I love and who played a funny gay teacher on Strangers with Candy, and is very gay-positive on his own show). I find SNL’s Ambiguously Gay Duo to be so sophomorically stupid. I can’t fathom who thinks it’s funny or why it continues to be shown. Excrement. Same with the recurring gays in outer space skits. Ugh.

    It’s like they think every single member of their audience is a straight moron who wouldn’t understand more nuanced humor.

  17. haxby says

    funny, when I read this yesterday I was thinking ‘gayest look”? and I instantly gave BOTH fingers as my gayest look. perhaps he’ll ask Will Smith to give his best Niggerish Look when he’s on next.

  18. Dan B says

    My take, Leno is so formulaic in everything he does. Talk about a too-tightly wrapped package!! I’m surprised he doesn’t get sick of his own schtick.

  19. anon says

    In the case of interviews, I think Leno asks only publicist approved questions, though I guess if he doesn’t care if the celeb comes back or not he’ll dig in a little deeper. Many of this guests seem very uncomfortable. It’s really his monologue and skits that are annoying. He’s always trying to identify as black too, suggesting he prefers a super macho self-persona.

  20. joe mama says

    So very right, and so very nicely put. For those who have noticed, as have I, that Whittey is smokin’, a whittless.com there is an easter egg of him shirtless. Quite the treat. Here’s a hint – he’s a real doll!

  21. Derrick from Philly says

    Extraordinary, ANON & HAXBY, you managed to make this thread go racially offensive.

    HAXBY, it is understandable to equate the word “nigger” with “faggot”, but to equate it with “gay”?

    HAXBY, I could reel off a slew of racial insults to white people and white gays that you haven’t heard in your twenty-something (or thirty-something years) on this earth; but Andy Towle has been a fair and patient host. I’m not going to abuse his hospitality.

  22. Bob R says

    Good for you Whitty! Oh, and I checked out the site, whitless.com and also checked out the shirtless picture. Whitty is definitely very hot. Brains, looks and personality, a triple threat. I stopped watching Leno after his first week on the air. Have tried to watch a couple of times since, but he makes me physically sick. Not funny and really creepy. To me Conan is no better. I just wish Craig Ferguson was on in Leno’s time slot. To me, Ferguson is funny!

  23. anon says

    Actually, Derrick, you should be upset about Leno’s painful attempts to self-identify with blacks, I guess because the stand up circuit was really “rough” in the 1970’s, very hip and urban and all that. It’s his fantasy, not mine. He doesn’t book a lot of black guests though, nor have rap artists on. Hmmm….

  24. Jojo says

    Leno also made at least one joke per night after the Larry Craig incident, usually about some kind of homo sex, with that nervous laugh that only someone who has experienced it and is trying to hide it can have.

  25. Yoursister says

    I know this won’t be popular but it’s typical to hear gay people get bent out of shape over a joke and then retaliate with juvenile finger-waving. Why is it that gay people are allowed to play rough and tumble with straight women, straight men and ESPECIALLY LESBIANS, cracking every 7th grade joke and to their faces? It’s a joke. It’s meant to hit home. Often they are at someone else’s expense and, most of the time, they miss. But cry me a river. And if you don’t like something because it’s demeaning, dehumanizing, or in bad taste, you’ll really get the point across with the finger. Yeah. Everybody bows down to 12 year old bad girls. Oh and if this dude was fat, 50 and bald, I’m so sure he’d still get the thread of “you go girl” and “my hero”.

  26. Oscar says

    The reason Leno is so on gays is that,even if he wanted,he is to ugly to be gay.Can anybody see that lower jaw in drag?Huu,puke,puke,puke.
    And, yes, Jeff is cute.

  27. MP says

    Aren’t we the hypocrits? Sure Leno gets childish in some of his remarks, but look at comedians as a whole. For the past several years, comedians get their laughs by demoralizing people, and we think it is funny until it hits home. Think of all the Michael Jackson jokes, how about Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Presidents, Vice Presidents, politicians as a whole, lawyers, doctors, etc…the list goes on and on. Leno is not alone in this. Letterman went after Paris Hilton when he had her on his show after she left the pokey. Everyone thought that was funny, but of course that is OK because she deserved it, right? The days of telling a joke, with a story is gone. Go for the quick jabs, the Henny Youngman one liners. Bill Cosby is one of the few that can tell a story and make you laugh. For the rest of the comedians, if it isn’t demoralizing, dirty, and throw in sexual innuendo’s (all usually about someone famous), they wouldn’t survive. What use to be regarded as ‘blue’ humor is now the norm.

    Red Skelton told a story about when he was on stage, and a woman walked up to him and stated that she had found a purse in the ladies room. Well, Red, being the kind man that he was, asked her name. She replied, Helen Hunt. Red, told her to hold onto the purse and he would make an announcement. So, just before continuing his act, he stated he made the announcement: “Ladies, a purse was found in the womens restroom. Please check to see if you have yours. If you think that you may have lost your purse, go to Helen Hunt for it.”

    You don’t find that kind of comedy anymore.

  28. David in Toronto says

    Comedy is comedy, but Leno wasn’t making jokes here. I’d cut him slack if he were. He was just being an ass.

    I don’t get Leno, and I don’t get his fans, but he is not an equal opportunity asshole. If anything he’s smarmy. What pissed of Whitty was his unquestioned assumptions that playing gay is embarrassing. Leno’s just an idiot.

    As for Whitty, I’ve thought he was hot from the first moment I laid eyes on him. And now…

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  30. WALTER OROURKE says

    JAY LENO IS THE EMBODYMENT OF OLD LATE NIGHT TV WITH GRAY HEADED FAT MEN TRYING TO HOLD ON LONG AFTER THE LAUGHTER HAD DIED.
    SAD SICK HUMOR TO A SADDER AND SICKER PUBLIC.
    WALTER

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