“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” has booked President Obama for an appearance next Tuesday (Aug. 6), NBC announced Wednesday.
The NBC press release said the President will “discuss his second term, concentrating on his jobs initiatives and the economy” on “The Tonight Show.”
While that may sound a little dry, our hope is the President and Leno will lighten up a bit and bring the comedy.
Whatever they plan to do together, the visit will be Obama’s sixth visit to the “Leno” show since 2006 — and his third as President. Obama last visited Leno last October, shortly before he won re-election.
We suspect this may also be Obama’s last opportunity to visit Leno on “Tonight,” since Jay is due to hand the show over to Jimmy Fallon next February.
The Obama booking for next week must have been arranged suddenly since NBC’s listings still have “Friends” star Matt LeBlanc booked for next Tuesday’s show, with musical guest KT Tunstall. Whether LeBlanc will suddenly have an opportunity to share the “Tonight Show” couch with the President of the United States, or be bumped by the President, remains to be seen.