Most of the late-night hosts were on vacation on the night of the Casey Anthony verdict, depriving viewers of what could have been a big night for comedy material, Entertainment Weekly reports.
Unfortunately, the one host who was on the job, Jay Leno, saw his jokes fall flat, the story reports.
Leno, the story says, “bypassed satire of the media and stuck with what he knows best: ‘It was so hot today, people were as delirious and incoherent as a Florida jury. … This [verdict] means President Obama’s economic team is only the second most clueless group of people in America.’
“This groaner was met with virtual silence from the ‘Tonight Show’ audience. Leno paused and turned to his band. ‘Is the mike off? I don’t think they heard the joke,’ he said. Then he repeated the joke, and, thus prompted, the crowd clapped.”
And it went on from there. Here’s the video: