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Christian Bale Was a Surly Dick, and More Revelations About Difficult Celebs from Jay Leno's 'Tonight Show' Producer

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 16, 2014 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | June 16, 2014 |

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.

    Source: NYPost

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