Comedian Jay Leno stepped out on Thursday to celebrate the Season 2 premiere of "Jay Leno's Garage." The CNBC show marked the comedian’s return to TV after leaving “The Tonight Show.”
“Extra” asked Jay if he misses the platform of late-night TV during the epic presidential race. He said, “Now it’s just gotten ugly. When I was doing it, Clinton was horny and Bush was dumb — it was a simpler time… Now it’s just nasty… It’s all about racist stuff… It’s like we’re going backwards.”
Jay also talked about his fellow former late-night host, David Letterman, who just did his first interview since retiring. Jay thinks his old rival would make a good guest on “Jay Leno’s Garage.” He said, “I would love to have Dave. I should give him a call. Dave’s kind of quirky, but it would be great to have him on — he’s a real car guy.”
He went on, “We have a mutual admiration. I mean, we competed with each other — the competition goes back and forth. Ultimately, we have great respect for each other.” He added that they also learned a bit from one another.
Season 2 of “Jay Leno’s Garage” will feature plenty of other guest stars, including Vice President Joe Biden, who drag races Colin Powell. “We did it at a Secret Service facility outside of Baltimore,” Jay revealed. Other guests include Nick Cannon, Jerry Seinfield, and a music-and-cars episode with Kelly Rowland, Brad Paisley, and more. Leno said of the new season, “I think we found our footing a little bit better… We have definite themes to each show.”
Season 2 of “Jay Leno’s Garage” premieres June 15 on CNBC.