Jay Leno is Hitler

01/27/2010 5:15 PM |


Joe Queenan thinks Jay Leno is Hitler. Not in a genocidal way, but as part of a lengthy metaphor in which the current Late Night battles are The Munich Pact of 1938, Leno is Der Fuhrer, NBC is Chamberlain, and Conan is Czechoslovakia. According to Monday’s Wall Street Journal‘s editorial page:

In acquiescing to Mr. Leno’s sotto voce demands to annex one-half of “The Tonight Show,” NBC thought it could put the whole ugly controversy to rest. Wrong. Interpreting generosity as weakness, Mr. Leno began to maneuver for complete control of “The Tonight Show.” Here he was again taking his cue from der Fuhrer, manipulating his outgunned adversary into a position so humiliating he literally had no choice but to surrender. Just as Edward Beneš, president of Czechoslovakia, was forced to abandon ship once he had been betrayed by his erstwhile allies, Mr. O’Brien was forced to abdicate and cede his entire one-hour program to the man he had replaced.

If you’re a graying history buff who likes to stay up for The Jay Leno Show, you’ll find this whole piece hilarious! (Unless you’re a graying, Jewish history buff, in which case you or someone you love probably spent time in a concentration camp.) Otherwise, Conan’s off the air, so let Nancy Franklin have the last word here until Conan announces a new show on Fox.

3 Comment

  • For anybody here who is too young to recall – or, perhaps, just wasn’t interested in late night TV, at the time – it might help your perspective on the current Leno vs O’Brien mess if you get some background on the original Leno vs Letterman feud. Here’s the full story of how Jay Leno took over the ‘The Tonight Show’ hosting gig from long-time host Johnny Carson, way back in 1993.
    http://bit.ly/6FjAQq (complete article – NY Times; 1994)

  • Any comparison made of anyone to Hitler (and it happens all of the time) is irresponsible at best, especially coming from a journalist. Making a comparison of someone to Hitler and excluding the genocide part would be similar to making a comparison of someone to Jeffrey Dahmer and excluding the serial killing/cannibalism part. Is Jay Leno a colossal douche? Absolutely! But there are only few others in history that could responsibly be compared to Hitler – Stalin, Lenin or Pol Pot for example. For Queenan to make a comparison like this, even in a satirical sense, shows that he adheres to a lower common denominator than Jay Leno on his worst day.

  • yeah, I kind of agree with you. Psychologically, it’s probably rooted in this:

    What my own drive for shameless self-promotion says about me psychologically is free for debate.