HEADLINE – HOLLYWOOD CELEBS GAVE BIG BUCKS TO McCAIN
By PAUL NICHOLAS BOYLAN, Ass. Press Political Writer – Sunday March 1, 3:23 pm ET
VAN NUYS – Late night comedians contributed millions of dollars to the National Republican Party in the weeks leading up to the last national presidential election, the Ass.Press reports.
“What did you expect us to do?” asks Conan Obrien, host of NBC’s Late Night with Conan Obrien. “The last eight years were a feast for comedians. When it looked like Obama might actually win, we realized the gravy train was coming to s screeching halt,” Obrien said.
Newly released records show that comedians from around the world contributed approximately $600 million directly and indirectly to the McCain/Palin presidential campaign.
“The Bush Administration was a dream come true,” said Jay Leno host of NBC’s The Tonight Show. “Every day something hilarious happened. We didn’t have to work very hard to be really, really funny. All we had to do was show a video clip of the President saying something,” Leno said.
“Eight years of Bush and his cronies was like having success dropped in your lap,” said John Stewart, host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. “We got lazy, and Obama just isn’t funny enough,” Stewart said.
“It was like mining a dense vein of coal, by God,” said David Letterman, host of CBS’ The Late Show with David Letterman.” The only hope for us was to support John McCain. Four years of him and Sarah Palin would have saved us. Now we got nothing,” Letterman said.
Obrien is scheduled to replace Leno as host of The Tonight Show on June 1, 2009.