Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Jay Leno Remembers JFK, Jr As His Most Emotional Moment

Leno on his most poignant interview:

[Jay Leno NBC] “Well, I told this story yesterday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the most poignant one was John F. Kennedy Jr., because I talked about how I was 12-years old when Kennedy was assassinated and I remember sitting in the living room at my parents house and watching the funeral on TV and my mother crying hysterically. And I remember when they showed little John John in that little outfit, saluting the casket, and my mother just [in tears]. And when you’re a kid and your mom is crying, it’s like, ‘Oh, my God.’ It’s like an unnatural thing and I didn’t know what to do, I was totally lost. I’d look at the TV, I’d look at my mom, and I didn’t know how to fix the situation.

“And so that being what it is, I had John F. Kennedy on the show forty years later and I’m in the dressing room talking to him and it didn’t hit me and we had a nice talk. I introduced him on The Tonight Show, it still didn’t hit me. When he came around the corner and I shook his hand, and I looked up in the camera, I looked up at the monitor and I saw me shaking hands with John F. Kennedy [Jr.], and I immediately flashed to my mom just being hysterical and it was kind of an emotional moment. I didn’t say I was bursting into tears. But it was really like, suddenly never in my life did I think I would be able to fix that problem or go full circle with it.

"You know, I almost wanted to say to my mom, ‘Look, he’s right here, he’s fine. It’s okay.’ It really struck, and it caught me off guard for a second. I was like, ‘Um, yeah, sit down. Hey, good to see you.’ So to me, that was probably one of the more emotional nights on the show. I mean, obviously the night I talked about my mom and dad passing away was an emotional moment, too, but that’s separate. That’s an emotional one for everybody. So I don’t want to capitalize on that or make it look like I am, but that, certainly, with the exception of my parents and talking about that the night they passed away. The John F. Kennedy Jr. was probably the most emotional moment for me.”


Blogger Jane Johnson said...

www.bessettekennedywedding.com. that's the way to remember them.

June 26, 2009 11:53 AM  

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