Glenn Beck praised "The Tonight Show" host Jay Leno on his radio program Wednesday, defending him against criticism from some on the right for his recent interview with President Barack Obama.
"Ever since [Leno] has been on television, he has handled himself with grace," Beck said. "He has handled himself like a gentleman."
Beck recalled how when he was a guest on "The Tonight Show" in 2009, Leno intervened after the writers tried to "sandbag" him, inserting politics and even "boos" into the monologue despite their agreement to speak about Christmas.
Beck also spoke about when he toured Leno's garage and the two had "one of the best conversations" he can remember, discussing life, politics and when the U.S. became a country where people have to "hate each other" because they vote differently.
"If I had $10 million to spend on Jay Leno, I would so spend that money, or whatever it would take to lure him over," Beck said. "He believes things that are different than I believe, but when did that become a bad thing? He has done his job exactly as his job should be done. My job is different than his."
Beck noted that last year, Leno took a 50 percent pay cut to prevent layoffs and pay cuts for his co-workers.
"You show me somebody else who lives like that!" Beck said. "We're all looking for people we should be like? We should be like Jay Leno."
He continued: "Look how decent this guy is. And he's the guy that NBC and Hollywood and the big corporations are running out of town...this guy should be on television for a long, long time."
For Beck's complete remarks on Jay Leno, watch the two clips below:
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