Have you seen a "Whose side are you on?" poll related to the Late Night Wars recently? Did you notice the small number that reflected support for Jay Leno and wonder, "Who are those people?" Well, wonder no longer.
If you thought Oprah Winfrey's interview with Leno on her show yesterday was good, you haven't seen the half of it. The true gem wasn't Winfrey's questions or Leno's cowardly, skittish explanations—it was the 39-minute "web exclusive" post-show video that featured a candid discussion between Winfrey and her audience members. Therein, Team Leno was revealed, and it was HILARIOUS. Here are some highlights.
When the Queen of Daytime speaks, thou shalt nod. This may have been what triggered the transformation of Winfrey's audience from apathetic ambivalence to ardent Leno-love. Just look at these sheep.
This woman believes that Conan O'Brien stole The Tonight Show from Leno, which—in turn—makes it OK that Leno took it back from him. She also thinks David Letterman is a "bully," while Leno is "likable."
This woman says she "feels" for Leno and thinks that we should all understand what he's gone through, given the state of the economy and the lack of job security. Is she forgetting that Leno is nearly a billionaire? She also thinks that, since Leno is "not done yet," he should get to keep going—no matter his age. I wonder if her age has anything to do with that.
*LENO FANGIRL ALERT* This woman loves Leno, and she's not afraid to say it. Repeatedly.
This woman looks like she's about to have a breakdown. Seriously. Why is she on the verge of tears? Ungh. Here's her response to a member of Team CoCo's assertion that Leno didn't "connect" to Winfrey on a "human" level during the interview.
I think this guy is attempting to say that Leno is more advertiser-friendly than O'Brien. I think. It's hard to tell, considering he makes no sense whatsoever.
And finally, my favorite. I love this woman. LOVE. I'm not sure if it's her Kate Gosselin haircut, her bright yellow blouse, her confident insanity, or the sassy, eye-rolling woman to her left (our right), but it's just pure magic. I thought about putting her best moments into one video, but all three of these clips deserve to be experienced in their full, singular glory. Enjoy.