Two rules to live by are, don't argue with a man who has a microphone, and don't bite the hand that feeds you.
At NBC, both are being ignored.
Jay Leno, who gets well-paid to tell jokes and interview celebrities as host of NBC's "Tonight Show," has recently turned to his own network's prime-time struggles for material. It started last month when Leno cracked that it's so bad at NBC that "‘The Biggest Loser’ isn’t just a TV show anymore; it’s our new motto.” He followed that up with this dig: “It’s so bad, NBC called Manti Te’o and asked him to bring in some imaginary viewers.”
Bob Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC Entertainment, didn't take too kindly to Leno's cracks. He sent the host an email expressing his dissatisfaction with the material. That naturally didn't sit too well with Leno, who fired back that people in his position often poke fun at their own network's foibles.
If Greenblatt was hoping his email to Leno would convince the host to look elsewhere for jokes, he was sadly mistaken. Instead, Leno turned up the volume. During his Tuesday night monologue, Leno talked about a woman who sees everything upside down and then added, "In fact, she thinks NBC is at the top of the ratings."