Jay Leno thinks Stephen Colbert is going to be “terrific” when the latter takes over the Late Show in September. “People think because of his old show that he’s a raging liberal,” said Leno of Colbert, “but he teaches Sunday school — I think he’s a pretty conservative guy.”
Leno was speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles on Thursday, promoting his upcoming CNBC car show, Jay Leno’s Garage. But inevitably, late-night subjects arose.
Of Colbert’s entry into network late night, Leno joked, “The idea of a white guy in late night — it’s revolutionary!” He added, “I’d like to see more diversity — there should be a female host, another African-American host in late night.”
Has he been invited by Colbert to appear on his CBS show? Leno said, “No, not yet. But I’m loyal to NBC anyway, so I do Jimmy Fallon and Seth [Myers]. You go on another network and people start reading things into it — ‘Oh, he doesn’t like this host,’ stuff like that, it’s silly.”
Asked if he’d been itching to do any Donald Trump jokes, Leno complied: “I guess Jeb Bush and Trump are the [Republican] frontrunners right now. It’s kinda like a race between the tortoise and the bad hare.” (Get it?)
Jay Leno’s Garage premieres Oct. 7 at 10 p.m. on CNBC.