MetroFocus: November 17, 2021

Sports, Broadway shows, and live concerts are returning to New York and artists from around the world are coming back to do the honors. Sarah Brightman, international singing and theater superstar, who pioneered the classical crossover music movement and is famed for possessing a vocal range of over three octaves, is one such artist who will be bringing live shows to Staten Island’s iconic St. George Theatre this holiday season. Sarah joins us tonight from her home in Britain with a preview of her upcoming A Christmas Symphony tour, based on a livestream she put together last winter, during the heart of the pandemic.

In this MetroFocus flashback, we sit down at the St. George Theatre with late-night legend and car aficionado Jay Leno.

TRANSCRIPT

THINK, OH, SHE'S GOING TO BE SINGING CHRISTMAS CAROLS.

CHRISTMAS IS SUCH A PERSONAL THING FOR PEOPLE AND IT'S NOT NECESSARILY A TIME JUST FOR CHRISTIANS, IT CAN BE FOR NON-CHRISTIANS, IT CAN BE FOR PEOPLE THAT JUST WANT FUN AT THAT TIME OF YEAR.

WE HAVE A HOLIDAY PERIOD SO WE'RE ABLE TO TAKE A LITTLE TIME OFF.

SO IT WAS QUITE INTERESTING GOING THROUGH ALL THE SONGS THAT PEOPLE TEND TO THINK OF AT THAT TIME AND WHAT I WOULD FIT SINGING.

AND IT'S A HUGE REPERTOIRE.

I MANAGED TO GET SOME BEAUTIFUL PE PIECES IN THERE.

I'VE GOT SOME OF MY OWN HITS THAT SORT OF FIT INTO THIS TIME OF YEAR.

I'VE GOT SOME GREAT ORCHESTRAL PIECES IN THERE.

I HAVE PEIECES IN THERE THAT SUT PEOPLE BUT AREN'T HAVING SUCH A GREAT TIME RIGHT NOW.

AND THERE ARE SOME SONGS TALKING ABOUT FATHER CHRISTMAS AND THAT KIND OF THING.

IT'S GOOD, IT'S GOT EVERYTHING IN THERE.

OF COURSE.

I ALSO WONDER, THOUGH, BECAUSE I THINK FOR AN AUDIENCE MEMBER, JUST KNOWING THAT THIS KIND OF SHOW IS COMING BACK AND I CAN GO TO A THEATER AND I CAN SEE A LIVE CHRISTMAS SHOW, I'M SURE THAT DOES SOMETHING EMOTIONAL FOR THE AUDIENCE, BUT FOR YOU AS A PERFORMER AND ALSO FOR, YOU KNOW, THE MUSICIANS THAT WILL BE WORKING AGAIN, WHAT DOES A SHOW LIKE THIS GOING ON THE ROAD MEAN FOR YOU?

A HUGE AMOUNT.

YOU KNOW, IT'S -- WE DON'T NORMALLY GO THROUGH A SITUATION LIKE WE HAVE FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS WHERE A LOT HAS BEEN TAKEN AWAY FROM US.

SO UNTIL THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENS, YOU DON'T REALLY REALIZE WHAT YOU HAVE OR WHAT THE WORLD OFFERS UNTIL IT'S NOT THERE ANYMORE.

AND I THINK THAT'S ESPECIALLY WITH THE ARTS.

NOT ONLY FOR THE PERFORMERS BUT ALSO FOR AUDIENCES THAT ARE USED TO JUST GOING TO THE CINEMA OR THE MOVIES OR GOING TO SEE A CONCERT OR WHATEVER.

I DO REMEMBER THE SUMMER WHEN WE WERE UNLOCKED FOR A LITTLE WHILE, THEY DID A PRODUCTION OF A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC IN A SMALL TOWN IN ENGLAND, AND I TOOK MY MOTHER TO SEE IT AND HER FRIEND.

AND THE AUDIENCE, IT WAS PACKED, AND THE AUDIENCE WERE SITTING VERY, VERY SORT OF CALMLY IN THEIR MASKS VERY POLITELY, AND THEN AT THE END OF THE PERFORMANCE, EVERYBODY STARTED CRYING, BECAUSE IT WAS SUCH A RELIEF TO BE COMMUNALLY THERE WATCHING SOMETHING THAT WAS ARTISTIC.

AND IT JUST MADE EVERYONE, I THINK, REALIZE HOW MUCH THEY HAD MISSED IT.

OF COURSE, OF COURSE, AND I THINK THAT WOULD PROBABLY BE DOUBLY MORE WITH HOLIDAY MUSIC.

FOR PEOPLE WHO TUNED IN TO THE LIVESTREAM, WOULD THIS BE MORE OF A SONG FOR SONG CREATION OR HAS THIS BEEN REIMAGINED, SO TO SPEAK?

IT'S BEEN REIMAGINED.

IT WAS CERTAINLY A GREAT SORT OF CATALYST TO START THE SHOW OFF.

YOU HAVE PROBABLY 45 OR 50 MINUTES OF MUSIC, AND THIS IS AN OVER TWO-HOUR SHOW WITH THE USUAL THINGS.

WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO BRING A LOT MORE SONGS INTO IT.

YES, THE SPIRIT OF IT WILL BE THE SAME, BUT, OF COURSE, THAT WAS FOR A BROADCAST AT THAT TIME.

SO THIS WILL HAVE A LOT MORE IN IT.

WELL, I WANT TO SORT OF TURN TO -- BECAUSE YOU MENTION THIS HAS BEEN SUCH AN INCREDIBLY AWKWARD AND CHALLENGING TIME FOR SO MANY PEOPLE THESE PAST TWO YEARS.

WE KNOW THAT COVID HIT THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY PARTICULARLY HARD.

WHAT HAS IT BEEN LIKE FOR, YOU KNOW, CREATORS, PARTICULARLY MUSICIANS AND SINGERS AND PERFORMERS TO HAVE -- SUDDENLY HAVE NOT JUST YOUR SOURCE OF INCOME, BUT YOUR PASSION BE SORT OF TAKEN AWAY?

WELL, DO YOU KNOW, I'VE TALKED TO MANY, MANY PEOPLE AND IT'S ALWAYS -- I'M ALWAYS REMINDED, ACTUALLY, ABOUT HOW RESILIENT ARTISTS ARE.

BECAUSE A LOT OF THEM ARE SELF-EMPLOYED AND THEY GO THROUGH HARD TIMES AND THEY'RE USED TO SURVIVING, AND IT'S AMAZING WHAT PEOPLE DID TO JUST KEEP GOING.

AND I'M SORT OF VERY PROUD OF MY OWN LOT, ACTUALLY, BECAUSE WE ARE ALL TALKING TO EACH OTHER AND WE FIND THINGS TO DO AND WE FIND WAYS TO KEEP WORKING, EVEN IF IT'S LEARNING PASSAGES OUT OF PLAYS.

I, FOR EXAMPLE, DID A HUGE AMOUNT OF WORK ON MY VOICE.

I WENT INTO A BUBBLE WITH MY SINGING TEACHER OVER HERE IN ENGLAND, AND I GOT EVERY DAY WITH HER AND I WAS ABLE TO COMPLETELY RETRAIN OR LOOK AT SOME OF THE THINGS I COULDN'T DEAL WITH WHEN I WAS ON TOUR AS WELL AS I COULD WITH ANOTHER PAIR OF EARS LISTENING.

SO I MADE MYSELF VERY USEFUL AT THAT TIME FOR MYSELF.

IT WAS ALSO -- YOU KNOW, A LOT OF PEOPLE HAD MORE OF A CHANCE, BECAUSE ARTISTS ARE ALWAYS ON THE ROAD, AND THEY DON'T GET AS MUCH TIME TO SPEND WITH THEIR FAMILIES.

I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE, THEY ACTUALLY ENJOYED THE TIME SPENDING MORE WITH THEIR CHILDREN, OR WITH THEIR ELDERLY PARENTS OR WHATEVER IT WAS.

FOR ME IT WAS GREAT BECAUSE I WAS ABLE TO SEE MY MOTHER A LOT MORE WHO IS GETTING OLDER NOW, AND SHE CAN'T SEE VERY WELL.

AND I'VE HAD AN AMAZING TIME WITH HER.

THERE HAVE BEEN UP SIDES AS WELL.

I THINK THAT'S ALSO BEEN AN UNUSUAL AND UNEXPECTED JOURNEY FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE, FINDING WHERE THEY WERE LIKE, OH, BUT SOME THINGS I ACTUALLY HAVE REDISCOVERED.

I ALSO WANT TO ASK YOU, THOUGH, ABOUT HOW YOU'RE FEELING ABOUT RETURNING TO THE STAGE WITHOUT PUTTING MYSELF TOO MUCH INTO THE STORY.

I, AS A JOURNALIST, HAVE HAD A FEW IN-PERSON EVENTS, AND I'M QUITE COMFORTABLE, BUT I FOUND MYSELF ODDLY NERVOUS.

AND I'M WONDERING IF THERE IS ANY KIND OF, LIKE, DO I EVEN REMEMBER HOW TO RIDE THIS BIKE?

ARE YOU FEELING ANY KIND OF NERVES?

YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT.

I HAVE A WHOLE TEAM OF PEOPLE THAT HAVEN'T BEEN DOING THIS, OBVIOUSLY, FOR THE TIME WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT, AND EVERYBODY IS ON HIGH ALERT AT THE MOMENT AND WE'RE TRYING TO KEEP EVERYBODY CALM AND SAY, LOOK, AS SOON AS YOU GET GOING, IT WILL BE FINE.

DOWN TO THE SMALLEST DETAILS.

I THINK IT'S PERFECTLY NORMAL.

AND AS LONG AS EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT EVERYBODY ELSE IS IN THE SAME BOAT, IT'S FINE.

AND YOU KIND OF -- AND THE THING ABOUT WHAT I DO, ONCE YOU COME TO THE STAGE, IT'S LIKE RIDING A BIKE.

IT'S JUST THE THOUGHT OF IT WHEN YOU HAVEN'T DONE IT FOR A WHILE.

I THINK IT WILL BE FINE.

ACTUALLY, IF WAS VERY LUCKY, BECAUSE THERE WAS A TIME IN FRANCE WHEN THEY WEREN'T LOCKED DOWN LAST SUMMER, AND I WAS ABLE TO GO OVER THERE AND DO LOTS OF TV SHOWS BECAUSE I WAS PROMOTING A FRENCH ALBUM WHICH I HAVE DONE WITH FRENCH ARLTI -- ARTISTS OVR THERE.

I WAS LUCKY BECAUSE THEY HAD THE TV SHOW AND I WAS ABLE TO DO THAT A LITTLE BIT.

SO THAT WAS FUN.

THAT'S GREAT.

BEFORE YOUR TRIP TO NEW YORK, YOU'RE GOING TO BE PERFORMING AT THE INTRO AT THE ST. GEORGE THEATER IN STATEN ISLAND, AND I WONDERED IF YOU HAD EVER PERFORMED THERE BEFORE OR WERE EVEN AWARE THAT STATEN ISLAND HAD THIS AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL PERFORMANCE VENUE.

THIS PERFORMANCE VENUE IS ACTUALLY VERY FAMOUS.

EVERYBODY KNOWS ABOUT IT EVEN IF ONE HASN'T PERFORMED.

IT'S AN ABSOLUTE JOY FOR ME, BECAUSE THE VENUES TO ME, I JUST LOVE ARCHITECTURE, AND I LOVE HISTORY, AND SO TO GO INTO THESE VENUES OFTEN FOR ME -- IT'S ALMOST MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE PERFORMANCE.

BECAUSE YOU GO IN THERE AND I'M TAKING LITTLE PHOTOS AND I'M LOOKING AT THIS PIECE OF ARCHITECTURE AND HOW IT WORKS AND ALL THESE THINGS, BECAUSE THAT'S OFTEN WHY PEOPLE LOVE TO GO TO THE THEATER, OFTEN BECAUSE OF THE BUILDINGS AND THE HISTORY.

I LOVE TO GO TO A LOT OF THE OPERA HOUSES, IF I CAN, BECAUSE YOU THINK OF ALL THOSE YEARS BACK WHEN ALL THOSE OPERA FANS HAVE BEEN THERE AND SITTING IN THE BOXES AND ALL TALKING TO EACH OTHER, AND IT'S JUST A LOVELY FEELING TO BE IN A BEAUTIFUL VENUE, SO I'M VERY EXCITED.

GREAT, THEN WE WILL MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE, IF THEY WANT TO FIND OUT WHO INFORMATION, YOU CAN VISIT US AT WWW.METROFOCUS.ORG TO GET MORE INFORMATION.

SARAH BRIGHTMAN, WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOU SEPREADING THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT IN NEW YORK.

AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING ALL MY PEOPLE AGAIN.

> JAY LENO MAY HAVE RETIRED AS HOST FROM 'THE TONIGHT SHOW' IN 2013, BUT HE SPENDS MOST OF THE YEAR TRAVELING THE COUNTRY DOING LIVE STAND-UP ROUTINES, AND HE ALSO HAZE NEW SHOW CALLED 'JAY LENO'S GARAGE,' FOCUSING ON ANOTHER ONE OF HIS PASSIONS, CARS.

I HAD A CHANCE TO CATCH UP TO HIM AND I BEGAN MY CONVERSATION BY ASKING HIM JUST HOW MANY STAND-UP SHOWS HE DOES A YEAR.

210, SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

WHY?

WHY ARE YOU DOING THAT?

YOU CERTAINLY DON'T NEED THE MONEY.

I DID THIS LONG ENOUGH FOR WHEN PEOPLE DIDN'T WANT TO SEE IT.

SO TO HAVE PEOPLE ACTUALLY SHOW UP, THAT'S ACTUALLY KIND OF NICE.

WHEN I'M ON TV, MORE PEOPLE SHOW UP.

THAT'S KIND OF FUN.

SO I ENJOY IT, IT'S GREAT FUN.

I MEAN, IT'S NO DIFFERENT THAN IF SOMEBODY TOLD YOU A FUNNY JOKE AND YOU TELL THAT JOKE TO EACH PERSON THAT WALK BY YOUR DESK.

BY THE END OF THE DAY, YOU'RE WAITING FOR PEOPLE -- BOB, COME OVER HERE!

BY THEN YOU WANT TO KEEP SEEING PEOPLE'S REACTION.

I'M DYSLEXIC, SO ANYTHING THAT INVOLVES BALANCING CHECKBOOKS IS DIFFICULT, SO JUST TALKING SP SEEMS COMPARATIVELY EASY THAN HAVING A REAL JOB.

DO YOU STILL DO COFFEE HOUSES?

SURE.

I TALKED TO DICK CAVETT AND HE SAYS THE ONLY THING HE FINDS POLITICALLY INCORRECT IS POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, AND JOHN CLEASE TOLD ME THAT MONTY PYTHON WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO BE BORN TODAY BECAUSE OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS.

DO YOU SHARE THE SAME FEELING?

TO A CERTAIN POINT.

THE REAL TRICK IS TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO IT IN SUCH A WAY -- HERE'S AN EXAMPLE.

LAST NIGHT I DID A CAITLYN JENNER JOKE, AND HERE'S THE JOKE.

I SAID CAITLYN JENNER IS WRITING AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, AND I HEARD THE CROWD GO, OOH.

I SAID, YOU KNOW, I THINK IT WILL BE A HE SAID-SHE SAID KIND OF THING.

EVERYBODY LAUGHED.

IT WAS A PERFECTLY LEGITIMATE JOKE.

MY POINT IS, A LOT OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, SOMETIMES IT WAS NECESSARY AND SOMETIMES IT GOES TOO FAR.

IN AMERICA, THE PENDULUM ALWAYS SWINGS ONE WAY AND THEN BACK TOGETHER.

WHEN I STARTED ON COMEDY, ANTI-GAY JOKES AND BLACK JOKES WHEN PEOPLE ARE IN VEGAS UNDER THE GUISE OR WHATEVER, PEOPLE DID IT.

THEN IT MADE SOME PEOPLE UNCOMFORTABLE.

OKAY.

WELL, NOW THINGS CHANGE.

YOU DON'T DO THOSE ANYMORE.

THERE WERE JOKES ABOUT WOMEN THAT WERE PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE 30, 40 YEARS AGO.

THE HOUSEWIFE, YOU KNOW, WOMEN DRIVERS.

YOU COULDN'T GET AWAY WITH THAT ANYMORE.

IT'S JUST A MATTER OF GOING WITH THE TIMES.

YOU HAVE TO UPDATE YOUR ACT.

IF I'M ON STAGE TALKING ABOUT REAGAN'S TRIP TO PITTSBURGH, PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GO, HOW OLD IS THAT PIECE OF MATERIAL?

YOU HAVE TO CHANGE WITH THE TIMES.

I SAW --

BUT YOU DON'T FEEL STIFLED?

NO.

I STAW A COMEDIAN IN VEGAS, I WOULD SAY, TEN YEARS AGO DO A JOKE ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE AND WATERMELON.

AND I SAW PEOPLE GO, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

THESE WERE YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEY DIDN'T EVEN UNDERSTAND.

WHEN I WAS YOUNG, EVERY STAPLE WOULD HAVE THAT KIND OF JOKE.

HERE'S MY IDEA.

YOU TELL ME WHAT THE RULES ARE AND I'LL WORK AROUND THEM.

IT'S THE SAME THING.

IT'S LIKE AMERICANS BUILDING CARS.

THEY FOUGHT THE RULES.

THE JAPANESE SAID, WHAT ARE THE RULES?

YOU HAVE TO GET SO MANY MILES A GALLON.

THAT'S WHAT YOU DO AND YOU MAKE IT WORK.

IT'S THE WORLD WE LIVE IN, YOU LEARN TO ADAPT AND THEN YOU DIE.

IT'S AS SIMPLE AS THAT.

SPEAKING OF CARS, STAND-UP GIGS AREN'T THE ONLY THING KEEPING YOU BUSY.

YOU'RE ALSO DOING 'JAY LENO'S GARAGE.'

IT WAS ON YOUTUBE BEFORE.

I

STILL ON YOUTUBE.

I'M SURE IT HAS TO DO WITH YOUR PASSION FOR CARS.

THERE IS A LOT OF SHOWS WITH GUYS THROWING TOOLS AT EACH OTHER, AND WE JUST TRY TO GET INTO WHAT CERTAIN CARS MEAN TO PEOPLE.

YOU HAVE STORIES -- HERE'S A TYPICAL STORY.

YOU KNOW THE HORSE ON THE FRONT OF THE MUSTANG, YOU KNOW THAT LITTLE HORSE FRON THE FRONT.

YEAH.

WHERE DOES THAT COME FROM?

IN 1949, THERE WAS A LITTLE KID IN THE HUNGARIAN OLYMPICS, AND HE WAS IN THE EQUESTRIAN CORPS.

HE GOT DRAFTED INTO THE ARMY CAVALRY DIVISION.

HIS COMMANDING OFFICER WAS KILLED.

AT 19 YEARS OLD, HE BECAME CAPTAIN.

HE LED THE LAST CAVALRY CHARGE WITH GUYS ON HORSES AND BAYONETS AND TANKS.

THEY GET WIPED OUT.

HE LIVES IN AMERICA, BECAME A DESIGNER, AND THAT HORSE IS A HOMAGE TO THE LAST HORSE HE ROAD IN MODERN WARFARE.

WHY IS THE HORSE FACING LEFT INSTEAD OF RIGHT?

IT WAS ORIGINALLY FACING RIGHT AND LEE EIACCOCA SAID, NO, GO WEST, YOUNG MAN.

I WANT THE HORSE FACING LEFT.

SO IT'S NOT ALL HORSEPOWER, IT'S A LOT OF STORIES THAT EVEN MY WIFE WHO IS NOT A CAR PERSON GOES, OH, I DIDN'T KNOW THAT, THAT'S INTERESTING.

SO YOU CAN BE A JAY LENO FAN AND NOT BE A CAR OFFICIANADO.

THAT'S WHAT I MEAN.

I'M QUITE PROUD THAT THE DEMOGRAPHIC DOES REALLY WELL WITH WOMEN BECAUSE IT'S A CAR SHOW THEY CAN WATCH WITH THE HUSBAND.

IT'S NOT JUST WHITE HAIRLESS GUYS YOU BURNING RUBBER.

BY THE WAY, HOW MANY CARS DO YOU EVER?

YOU SOUND LIKE MY WIFE.

IT'S ABOUT 150 CARS AND 117 MOTORCYCLES.

IT'S A LITTLE EXCESSIVE.

WHO CAN MESS WITH THESE CARS, WHO CAN TOUCH THEM BESIDES YOU?

MY CREW OF GUYS.

WE HAVE GUYS THAT WORK AND EVERYTHING.

I'M NOT LIKE, DON'T TOUCH THAT.

THEY'RE MACHINES, THEY'RE THINGS TO BE USED AND ENJOYED.

REALLY?

YEAH.

AND CAN YOUR WIFE DRIVE THEM?

SHE DOESN'T REALLY WANT TO DRIVE A 1936 STICK SHIFT SOMETHING, SO IT'S NOT A PROBLEM.

IT'S BEEN ABOUT TWO YEARS SINCE YOU LEFT 'THE TONIGHT SHOW'?

YEAH, ABOUT TWO YEARS.

WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST ABOUT THE SHOW, IF ANYTHING?

FIGHTING WITH PUBLICISTS, ALWAYS FUN.

WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST?

IF SOMETHING FUN HAPPENS IN THE NEWS TODAY AND YOU HAVE A JOKE ABOUT IT THAT NIGHT, THAT'S THE FUN PART.

THE BAD PART ABOUT THAT WAS, WELL, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU DID 'THE TONIGHT SHOW,' YOU DID NEW JOKES IN THE SAME PLACE EVERY NIGHT.

WHEN YOU'RE ON THE ROAD, YOU DO THE SAME THINGS IN A DIFFERENT PLACE EVERY NIGHT.

THE DISADVANTAGES OF 'THE TONIGHT SHOW,' THE ADVANTAGE WAS YOU WOULD BE THE FIRST ONE OUT THERE WITH A JOKE.

WELL, I HAVE A BETTER ENDING, SO I JUST HAVE TO MOVE ON.

IN A LIVE PERFORMANCE, IF I THINK OF SOMETHING NEW, I CAN ADD IT OR CHANGE IT, SO TOMORROW IN DENVER IT MIGHT BE A LITTLE DIFFERENT.

INSTEAD OF A 10-SECOND JOKEY MIGHT HAVE A MINUTE AND A HALF STORY.

YOU CAN LET IT BREATHE A LITTLE BIT.

THAT'S THE FUN PART.

THE FUN PART, TOO, WHEN YOU WORK BY YOURSELF, YOU GET ALL THE BLAME BUT YOU ALSO GET ALL THE CREDIT.

WHEN YOU DO 'THE TONIGHT SHOW,' THEY SAY, WE'RE NOT DOING WELL WITH THE IMMATURE BOY BETWEEN 10:00 AND 11:00.

YOU GET THOSE KIND OF NOTES.

BESIDES THOSE NOTES, WHAT IS IT THAT YOU DEFINITELY DID NOT MISS?

I HAD TO SEE EVERY MOVIE AND READ EVERY BOOK.

EVEN WHEN THE MOVIE IS OVER, WELL, YOU WERE GREAT, YOU WERE TERRIFIC, THAT SCENE YOU HAD.

AND PUBLICISTS, EVERY INTERVIEW I READ, THE PUBLICISTS COME UP AND YOU LOAD THEM.

-- LOATHE THEM.

I DON'T LOATHE THEM.

WADE FAMOUS ICE SKATER THAT WAS IN THE OLYMPICS, AND THEN SHE D WAS IN PLAYBOY MAGAZINE.

SO I THOUGHT OF A JOKE AND THEY SAID, MR. LENO, WE'RE NOT MENTIONING PLAYBOY.

I SAID, TAKE YOUR CLIENT AND GO HOME.

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE IN TEN YEARS?

IT'S THE ONLY REASON YOU'RE HERE.

I'M NOT GOING TO EMBARRASS YOU, I'M NOT GOING TO HOLD UP THE PICTURE, BUT I HAVE TO ASK YOU ABOUT IT.

SO YOU HAVE THOSE RIDICULOUS CONVERSATIONS.

DID SHE STAY?

YES, SHE STAYED.

YOU DID 'THE TONIGHT SHOW' FOR 21 YEARS ALTOGETHER --

I THINK IT WAS 22.

WAS IT 22?

I'M NOT GOING TO ASK YOUR FAVORITE GUESTS.

MY FAVORITE GUESTS WERE USUALLY POLITICIANS.

WHEN YOU TALK TO BATMAN, YOU'RE NOT TALKING TO BATMAN, YOU'RE TALKING TO AN ACTOR PLAYING BATMAN.

WHEN THE PRESIDENT CAME IN BY HIMSELF, HE SAID, I'M RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT.

IT'S INTERESTING TO SEE THESE PEOPLE IN THERE JUST STARTING OUT.

I NEVER QUESTIONED ANYBODY'S MOTIVE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT, I JUST MAY QUESTION THEIR JUDGMENT.

I'M NOT ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO BELIEVES ANYBODY RUNNING IS TRULY EVIL.

OKAY, WELL, MAYBE NOW I FEEL LIKE THAT, BUT AT LEAST COMING HERE TODAY, IT WAS FASCINATING JUST TO HEAR WHAT PEOPLE HAD TO SAY IN THE DRESSING ROOM AND THE INSECURITIES AND ALL THAT KIND OF STUFF.

SO TO ME I LIKE POLITICS, SO I FOUND THAT THE MOST FASCINATING PART.

JOHN GLENN WAS AN INTERESTING ONE, BECAUSE WHEN I WAS IN FOURTH GRADE, I HAD TO WRITE A PAPER -- FIFTH GRADE -- ABOUT JOHN GLENN CIRCLING THE EARTH AND I GOT A C-MINUS.

IN 1958 WHEN JOHN GLENN WAS 78, AND HE WENT UP INTO SPACE AGAIN, I CALLED MR. SIMON, MY FIFTH GRADE TEACHER, AND I SAID, REMEMBER THAT PAPER I DID AND I GOT A C-MINUS?

I WANT TO REDO THE PAPER, I HAVE AN INTERVIEW.

SO I BROUGHT JOHN GLENN ON THE SHOW AND I GOT AN 'A.'

SO THAT WAS PRETTY COOL.

WERE THERE A FEW GUESTS YOU LOVED BRINGING ON THE SHOW?

I ALWAYS LOVED SEINFELD AND ROBIN WILLIAMS.

ONE OF THE MOST FASCINATING GUESTS WAS JOHN F. KENNEDY JR.

I WAS ONE OF THOSE KIDS, I THINK I WAS 13 YEARS OLD WHEN HE WAS ASSASSINATED.

I REMEMBER STANDING WITH MY MOM ON THE COUCH WATCHING THE FUNERAL PROCESSION GOING BY, AND I REMEMBER JOHN-JOHN WAVING AT THE CASKET.

MY MOTHER IS HYSTERICAL, JUST CRYING.

WE'RE IN MASSACHUSETTS WATCHING KENNEDY, AND WHEN YOUR MOM IS CRYING AND YOU'RE A KID, I DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO STOP THIS.

I SAID, THAT LITTLE BOY, WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO HIM?

I NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT IT AGAIN.

I HAD HIM ON THE SHOW, AND HE AND I TALKED, AND MY NEXT GUEST, I SAID, MY NEXT GUEST, PLEASE WELCOME JOHN F. KENNEDY JR.

I SAW MYSELF IN THE MONITOR SHAKING HANDS WITH HIM AND I GOT EMOTIONAL BECAUSE I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD MAKE THAT CONNECTION WITH TV, MY MOM AND THE LITTLE BOY.

I REMEMBER SEEING THE TV, THE LITTLE BOY AND MY MOM.

15 YEARS GO BY, AND I REMEMBER SAYING, WHAT HAPPENED OUT THERE, IT LOOKED LIKE YOU CHOKED UP A LITTLE BIT.

IT JUST CAUGHT ME BECAUSE I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD MAKE THAT CONNECTION.

MY MOM WAS GONE BY THAT TIME, OF COURSE.

BUT I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO SAY, LOOK, MOM, HE'S FINE.

BUT NOWHERE IN MY LIFE DID I EVER THINK AT AGE 13 I WOULD HAVE A CONNECTION WITH THAT LITTLE BOY.

AND THAT WAS A REALLY INTERESTING MOMENT FOR ME ON THE SHOW.

AND SEINFELD WAS ON THE SHOW THAT NIGHT, TOO.

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