Leno on Comcast Deal: ‘Cash for Clunkers’

NBC host finally makes mentions of the NBC-Comcast venture. Jokes focus on the network’s weak condition

Last Updated: December 4, 2009 @ 5:59 PM

Jay Leno is finally cracking wise about the NBC-Comcast joint venture.

On Thursday’s "Jay Leno Show," the host strangely avoided any mention of his network’s soon-to-be new owners. Colleague Conan O’Brien, however, did an elaborate song and dance routine to mark the power shift.

Friday, however, Leno led his monologue with quips about the deal, telling three jokes with a bit of bit. Here they are, direct from an NBC-supplied transcript (ergo the all-caps).

THE BIG SHOW BUSINESS STORY IS NBC HAS BEEN SOLD! THE COMCAST CABLE COMPANY HAS BOUGHT A CONTROLLING INTEREST IN NBC FOR $37 BILLION DOLLARS. SEE, THIS IS THE TV INDUSTRY’S VERSION OF "CASH FOR CLUNKERS."

COMCAST ANNOUNCED THE DEAL YESTERDAY. NOT A MOMENT TOO SOON. NBC WAS JUST ABOUT TO BURN THIS PLACE DOWN FOR THE INSURANCE MONEY.

THE MERGER COMBINES NATION’S LEADING PROVIDER OF CABLE TELEVISION SERVICE WITH AMERICA’S MOST PATHETIC BROADCAST NETWORK. SO THE TWO WILL FORM A UNION. KEVIN SAYS, “I GOT SOLD AGAIN?” I’M SO GLAD YOU DID THAT JOKE AND NOT ME.