Various reports over the last several weeks have indicated that network executives are displeased with Leno’s repeated jokes about the network’s “poor” ratings. The standoffish relationship between Leno and his bosses came to a hilt yesterday when the New York Times reported that the late-night show would move to New York and have a new host within the next year.
“According to several reports — this is kind of scary — scientists say they’re getting closer and closer to being able to do Jurassic Park-style cloning of extinct species,” the monologue joke began. “Imagine that? Things once thought to be extinct can now be brought back from the dead.”
And the punchline: “So there’s hope for NBC. It could turn around.”
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