Dave Berg, a producer who worked 22 years on Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show, has written a memoir about his time with the late-night program. Behind the Curtain: An Insider’s View of Jay Leno’s ‘Tonight Show’ was released yesterday, and the NYPost has a number of fun revelations from the book.
Christian Bale was a surly dick, who abruptly cancelled his appearance after the questions in the pre-interview got too personal. Those questions: “I had asked him where he grew up (Wales), how big his family was (three sisters), and what his first gig was (a Pac-Man cereal commercial).”
Jessica Simpson only agreed to appear if The Tonight Show picked up her $18,000 hair-and-make-up tab.
“Thin-skinned” Helen Hunt refused to appear for 14 years after a producer “gently” criticized her Mad About You performance.
To help deal with the jitters, The Tonight Show set up a bar so that guests could drink beforehand, and several took too much advantage of it, including Quentin Tarantino, who was “slurring and occasionally incoherent” on air.
Terri Hatcher was incredibly moody.
Eddie Murphy’s diva-like demands included a rider with the following list of items: “4 Snapple Fruit Punch, 4 Snapple Orangeade, 4 Snapple Grapeade, 4 Dr. Browne’s Cream Soda, 4 Dr. Browne’s Root Beer, Coke in glass bottles, bananas, cherries, Evian bottled water, Juicy Fruit Gum, Snickers, Milky Ways, peppermints, York Peppermint Patties, writing pads/pencils/pens, regular-sized towels, washcloths/small.”
An “unnamed presidential candidate” missed his cue because he was making out with his wife (Obama, right? Come on, it had to be Obama)
President Clinton refused to appear on Leno’s The Tonight Show because of all the Lewinsky jokes.
Paula Abdul was always a wreck during her appearances, but it made for good TV.