Jay Leno will be making his transition from a late-night show host to a game show host. He recently revealed some things fans can expect from the remake of “You Bet Your Life.”
This week, Jay Leno was interviewed by Extra about his new upcoming game show, “You Bet Your Life.” The former “Tonight Show” host is set to bring back the old Julius “Groucho” Marx show in his reboot.
Leno’s former bandleader, Kevin Eubanks, is expected to co-host the new show. The television personality revealed that his new gig is like his old “Jaywalking” sketch regarding trivia.
Jay Leno at the National Night Of Laughter And Song event on June 5, 2017, in Washington, DC. | Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
However, this time, there is money involved in the show which premieres on September 13, 2021, on Fox. According to the Los Angeles Times, it will air on KTTV in Los Angeles.
On Leno’s version of “You Bet Your Life,” contestants from different cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds will need to work together in answering questions so they can win cash prizes.
Jay Leno and his wife Mavis Nicholson at the Fifth Annual Adopt-A-Minefield Gala night on November 15, 2005, in Beverly Hills, California | Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
He told the Los Angeles Times that they will pair an Ohio female farmer with a male Chicago rapper, and that’s where the comedy will come from. Leno, 71, explained what was different about the new show, stating:
“[It will have] real people instead of celebrities.”
The legendary television show host also joked about how that was a refreshing factor about the show. The reboot would not address politics, past or present presidents, but it would touch on generic jokes about Congress.
Earlier in the year, he [Jay Leno] had to issue an apology for making anti-Asian jokes.
Leno, who started his career working in nightclubs, will be taking on his new role after seven years since he left NBC’s late-night franchise, “The Tonight Show.” There he served as a host for 22 years.
The original “You Bet Your Life” was hosted by comedy film star Marx from 1950 to 1961. It was so popular that its repeats ran for years under the title “The Best of Groucho.”
Ahead of the premiere of his new show, Leno discussed his views on the idea of a cancel culture. The movement has been so powerful that some performers have lost gigs and endorsement deals.
The consequences come about due to fans deeming jokes too offensive. Leno wasn’t worried about being canceled, as his new approach was to alter his material when requested.
He likened the cancel culture movement to the #MeToo movement and noted that one had to adapt or sink to survive. Earlier in the year, he had to issue an apology for making anti-Asian jokes.
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