Spent a half-hour bonding with Jay Leno in Boston this morning. We’re now thisclose.
Leno is promoting his new 10pm show on NBC, which premieres September 14th. He’s taping promos and interviews with some of the 11pm news anchor teams his show will lead in to.
Keisha Grant and I “had” him from 10-10:30, followed by the 11pm anchors from Providence, Boston, and Portland.
Leno has a reputation as an incredibly nice guy and a notorious workaholic. Both descriptions seem quite accurate. I cannot imagine the energy it must take for Leno to “turn it on” for station after station. But he does, with seemingly little effort.
As they were setting up for our interview, we kibbitzed a bit. He’s from Andover, MA, and when I told him I was a Framingham boy, he said, “Framingham? Chateau de Ville.” I suspect he knows America’s cities and towns for the clubs he’s played more than any other landmark.
After the sessions with the New England stations, he was headed to his alma mater, Emerson College, for a little show-and-tell. And on Wednesday? Atlanta and Chicago.
It ain’t easy being a star.