Jay Leno’s name is on the list of potential witnesses in the Michael Jackson trial, and that fact is interfering with his job.
Leno is under a gag order barring him from discussing the case outside the courtroom, an obvious problem when it comes to making jokes about it in his monologue material. However, the clever folks at the Tonight Show have found a solution.
“I’m not allowed to tell any Michael Jackson jokes. I can still write them,” Leno said on Friday’s (March 4) “Tonight Show.” With that, out came “Everybody Loves Raymond” star Brad Garrett to deliver Leno’s Jackson jokes.
“They said this trial will probably last six months, although Michael Jackson asked for some time off to entertain the troops,” Garrett deadpanned. “Okay, they’re Cub Scout troops, but they’re still troops.”
Leno has filed a motion to stop the gag order; Jackson’s lawyers oppose the motion.