Comedian David Brenner died Saturday at the age of 78.
David Brenner, who had been fighting cancer, died peacefully at his home in New York City with his family at his side, according to Jeff Abraham, his friend and publicist.
The tall, thin and always sharply dressed david Brenner became one of the most frequent visitors to Johnny Carson’s Tonight show in the 1970s and ’80s.
His 150-plus appearances as guest and substitute host turned the former documentary filmmaker into a hot comedian, one who was ubiquitous on other talk shows and game shows.
David Brenner also briefly hosted his own syndicated talk show in 1987 and starred in four HBO specials.
David Brenner, who had been fighting cancer, died peacefully at his home in New York City with his family at his side
He moved with the times, trading routines about the humor of everyday life for jokes about social and political issues, and appearing on MSNBC and Fox News Channel cable programs.
Although his career faltered, David Brenner worked steadily through 2013 doing standup. A four-day gig last December included a New Year’s Eve show at a Pennsylvania casino-resort in which he showcased young comedians.
Although David Brenner took a brief stabs at TV fame, with the 1976 sitcom Snip and the talk show Nightlife he hosted in 1987, he didn’t achieve the success of Jerry Seinfeld’s self-titled NBC sitcom or Paul Reiser’s Mad About You, and he saw Jay Leno follow Johnny Carson as Tonight host.
Funeral plans for David Brenner were not immediately announced.
Weeks before Jimmy Fallon is set to inherit Jay Leno’s on-again, off-again late night throne, he’s still erring toward humble and gracious.
Jimmy Fallon feted his predecessor Jay Leno as the nicest guy in the business
As a guest on Jay Leno’s fourth-to-last Tonight Show ever Monday, Jimmy Fallon feted his predecessor as ”the nicest guy in the business” — before launching into a “thank-you note” bit that celebrated Jay.
Jay Leno will reportedly receive a $15 million payoff as he steps down as host of NBC’s The Tonight Show months ahead of the end of his contract.
The payout is part of Jay Leno’s deal to leave The Tonight Show – which he has hosted for 22 years – before his contract expires in September 2014, making way for Jimmy Fallon as the new host.
According to the New York Daily News, the payoff – which equates to Jay Leno’s annual salary on the show – is peanuts for the comedian, who makes the biggest bucks for standup in Las Vegas.
As the shake-up was confirmed after weeks of speculation, Jay Leno told Jimmy Fallon he was “counting on” him to keep network ratings high.
In his opening monologue of Wednesday’s show Jay Leno said: “I just have one request of Jimmy. We’ve all fought, kicked and scratched to get this network up to fifth place, okay?
“Now we have to keep it there. Jimmy don’t let it slip into sixth. We’re counting on you.”
Jay Leno will reportedly receive a $15 million payoff as he steps down as host of NBC’s The Tonight Show months ahead of the end of his contract
The replacement move, which had been anticipated for weeks, was announced yesterday and will officially take place following NBC’s broadcast of the Winter Olympics.
Jimmy Fallon will more than double his multi-million dollar salary when he takes over from outgoing host Jay Leno next year on The Tonight Show.
Industry insiders predict that Jimmy Fallon will see the $5 million he gets for fronting The Late Show boosted to $12 million when he goes head-to-head with CBS’ David Letterman and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel in February.
Although Jimmy Fallon’s pay packet will be 3 million less than the $15 million Jay Leno takes home, it still represents a massive show of faith in Fallon, who has been working late night television for less than 5 years.
Jay Leno 62, who was temporarily removed from The Tonight Show in 2009 in favor of Conan O’Brien, had made repeated jokes about his bosses and the network in recent weeks while rumors swirled over the latest move.
But he and Jimmy Fallon, 38, presented a united front while announcing the news. They recently made a parody video set to a tune from West Side Story that lampooned their situation.
“The main difference between this and the other time is I’m part of the process. The last time the decision was made without me. I came into work one day and – you’re out,” Jay Leno said, comparing his previous ouster and now.
“This time around there really aren’t any complications like there were the last time,” he added, according to the New York Times.
“This time it feels right.”
Jay Leno also said in a press release: “Congratulations Jimmy. I hope you’re as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you’re the old guy. If you need me, I’ll be at the garage.”
The Tonight Show will be relocated from Los Angeles to New York, where the program started in 1954 when Steve Allen was its host.
Jay Leno – aside from the brief interruption when Conan O’Brien hosted the program – has been the show’s presenter since 1992.
He has routinely been tops in the ratings, even as NBC’s primetime and daytime programming has fallen off.
“I’m glad I’ve kept it No. 1,” Jay Leno said.
“When I started people said, <<Oh the only reason you’re winning is because of ‘ER>>, or <<The only reason you’re winning is because Hugh Grant came on and said that one thing>>. Well, at least now I can say the only reason we’re winning is cause we’re winning.”
After leaving, Jay Leno said he expects to be “back on the road, being a comedian again”.
Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels, who also produces Late Night, will take over as producer of the new Tonight Show.
Jimmy Fallon’s replacement at 12:35 a.m. was not named, although Seth Meyers of SNL is considered a strong candidate.
NBC is worried that ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel, whose show recently started at the 11:35 p.m. time slot, will establish himself as a go-to late night performer for a younger generation if the network didn’t move swiftly to install Jimmy Fallon.
Jay Leno will be replaced by Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, NBC has officially announced.
The move in February 2014, which was widely anticipated, will see the show relocate from Los Angeles to New York.
NBC also said Lorne Michaels, the renowned producer of Saturday Night Live, will produce The Tonight Show.
Jay Leno will be replaced by Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show
NBC head Steve Burke said the network was making the change while the show was at the peak of its ratings.
“Jimmy Fallon is a unique talent and this is his time,” Steve Burke said.
NBC used the same strategy when handing the show over to Jay Leno from Johnny Carson, its previous host.
Jimmy Fallon will reportedly begin on The Tonight Show during NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics, when the network expects to see a spike in its audience.
Correspondents say NBC executives were concerned a rival late-night show hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on the ABC network would make gains among the crucial younger audience if Jimmy Fallon’s move did not happen quickly.
This is the second time in recent years NBC has sought to replace Jay Leno, who has hosted The Tonight Show from Los Angeles since 1992.
In 2009, NBC handed the show over to Conan O’Brien, but the move backfired and the network reinstalled Jay Leno.
This time, Jay Leno has congratulated Jimmy Fallon on the promotion.
“I hope you’re as lucky as me and hold on to the job until you’re the old guy,” Jay Leno said in a statement.
“If you need me, I’ll be at the garage.”
Meanwhile, in a reference to his current show Late Nightwith Jimmy Fallon, which begins at 00:30 ET, Fallon said: “I’m really excited to host a show that starts today instead of tomorrow.”
Kim Kardashian has denied Kanye West planned to name their first child North but she confessed to Jay Leno on Thursday night her affection for the name Easton West.
Kim Kardashian, 32, appeared on The Tonight Show, where she was grilled by longtime friend Jay Leno about the ups and downs of her first pregnancy and what kind of dreams she has for her unborn baby.
Jay Leno asked mid-way through the interview about the many rumors circling over what she and Kanye West will call their first born.
Kim Kardashian appeared on The Tonight Show, where she was grilled by Jay Leno about the ups and downs of her first pregnancy and what kind of dreams she has for her unborn baby
“We have a list,” Kim Kardashian said, adding of her family’s own tradition, “And some of them are <<K>> names some of them aren’t.”
“[North] is not on our list,” Kim Kardashian said, adding with a shy shrug: “But you know what name I do like – but it probably won’t be on [our list]… I like Easton – Easton West – I think that’s cute.”
Kim Kardashian declined to say if her suggestion meant she was having a baby boy. The couple have yet to confirm the sex although it’s been reported they’re in fact expecting a girl.
The reality star admitted to feeling “hormonal” and also took the opportunity to address fashion critics and “bullies” who’ve taken to critiquing her every wardrobe choice since she began to show.
“I think it’s a little bully-ish to call a pregnant woman fat,” Kim Kardashian said.
“I mean what do you expect? I hope I gain weight. I’m a little heavy.”
Kim Kardashian guessed she’s gained about 25 lbs over the course of the last few months (She’s due this summer).
And she said despite the criticism she’s embracing her curves, adding: “There’s just more to love right now.”
“I have the rest of my life to be skinny and to lose weight and I’m not really worrying about it. If I have a craving I’ll go for it,” the reality star acknowledged.
Kim Kardashian noted her health and the health of the baby are paramount she she’s not “overdoing it” with junk food.
But she wishes critics would quiet down with remarks about the height of her shoes and girth of her waist – at least while she’s expecting – because she feels like no matter what she does she “just can’t win”.
“I think it’s kind of mean just all the comments that I see, whether it’s, <<She’s wearing heels!>>… That makes me feel good and sexy at least being heavier so if that makes me feel good my baby will feel good,” Kim Kardashian explained.
Kim Kardashian also denied reports her manager and mother, Kris Jenner, is orchestrating any kind of deal on behalf of the baby – whom she hopes won’t grow up to follow in her footsteps chasing fame.
“My momager will not be handling anything for the baby because the baby is not hopefully not going to do anything to be in the business or have a show or do anything like that,” Kim Kardashian said, noting that she would still support her child should he or she chose to pursue a high-profile career.
Asked by Jay Leno if she planned to have any cameras documenting the private moment, Kim Kardashian admitted she’s not sure it’s something she would want captured on video and aired for millions to gawk at (She said doing just that was a “beautiful experience” for her sister Kourtney Kardashian, and the reason her sister decided to share it).
“I don’t even think will have a camcorder… I don’t even know if I would want that as a memory,” Kim Kardashian said, earning a laugh from the studio audience.
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