It’s certainly a big day for Jay Leno. Not only will he attempt to launch the first-ever, five-nights-a-week talk show at 10 p.m., but he’ll have first crack at Kanye West, the dream killer who interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech during last night’s best-ever Video Music Awards. Jerry Seinfeld is scheduled to be Leno’s first guest on the couch, but if the former Tonight Show host is smart, he’ll go mano-a-mano with West before he performs with Rihanna and Beyonce’s husband, Jay-Z, during the hour-long show’s music segment. Better yet, bag the Seinfeld chat and put the musical acts on the spot, Jay! Oh, what a lively roundtable that could be!
Ratings for tonight’s show were already expected to be respectable; the lookee-loo factor is a given, since the svelter Leno will attempt to provide a comedic alternative to the darker (and ratings-challenged) dramas that typically run in the time slot. But now they could potentially blow the roof off Nielsen, especially since public sentiment against West is colossally strong. Viewers may want more from West than an ALL CAPS APOLOGY on his blog.
So what do you think? Does the promise of a West appearance make you want to check out Leno?
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