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Jay Leno's producer writes tell-all about difficult celebs

Jay Leno's Producer Writes Tell-All About Difficult Celebs

It wasn't too long ago that Jay Leno was hosting "The Tonight Show," and we always wondered didn't what really went on behind the scenes.

Well one of Leno's producers, Dave Berg, is dishing all the juicy secrets in a new tell-all book. And we're talking juicy -- like how much stars wanted to be paid to come on the show and which celebrities were major divas.

First up, though, Berg spoke with the "Fox & Friends" anchors about who he considered the "riskiest" guest to have on the show. And it turns out it took some effort to get him there.

"That guest happens to be a very good friend of mine. And that's Dennis Rodman. He was perennially late. He would never get in his limo. He lived 50 miles away, but I had to bring him to the studio in a helicopter. But he was still late!"

Somehow this doesn't really surprise us. Now, actors are often expected to appear on shows and talk about their latest projects.

Berg writes that actress Helen Hunt had a pretty hard time of it, and she refused to come back on the show for 14 years after a producer talked to her about it.

Berg believes it's a toss-up as to who was the biggest diva ever to come on the show: Teri Hatcher of "Desperate Housewives," or singer and fashion designer Jessica Simpson.

According to the New York Post, Simpson refused to come on the show unless Leno's crew coughed up the $18,000 required to have her hair and makeup done. And when Hatcher got bumped from the show in 2009 so President Obama could make an appearance, Berg says her people told him a Louis Vuitton handbag would make a really great apology gift.

Hatcher ended up getting a bouquet of flowers instead.

Several times, though, some persuading was in order. To get President Bill Clinton to appear on the show for an interview, they had to send him a $12,000 tandem bicycle in 2004.

Clinton sent the bike back as his wife, Hillary, was a U.S. senator at the time and couldn't accept expensive gifts.

He also never went on the show ... maybe because Leno made more than 4,000 jokes at Clinton's expense during his tenure, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Berg's book includes lots of other humorous anecdotes about Jesse Jackson having terrible stage fright, Eddie Murphy requiring eight cream soda drinks in his dressing room, and Christian Bale refusing to come on the show after being asked personal questions like where he grew up and what his first acting job was.

As for the other funny stories? Guess you'll just have to check out the book.

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JOSEPH G MATTERA June 18 2014 at 5:30 AM


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dj446688 JOSEPH G MATTERA June 18 2014 at 9:28 AM

Yet you read the article.

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roborose2005 JOSEPH G MATTERA June 18 2014 at 11:03 AM

. . so why did you bother to click on the headline and read all about it? But I guess you were expecting the obvious reply to your silly comment.

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donpantanella roborose2005 June 18 2014 at 12:35 PM

I did not read the headline or the article.....what do you say about that?

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Emily roborose2005 June 18 2014 at 1:08 PM

You're even dumber than you made yourself out to be.

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silcalifano June 18 2014 at 7:12 AM

Can't wait for Letterman to go!

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Wolfman Thomas June 18 2014 at 6:51 AM

Todays Hollywood Sucks

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bradjud June 18 2014 at 6:52 AM

should have sent a jack ass to pick up rodman been perfict would fit him to a tea...jackass rideing a jackass

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Victor June 18 2014 at 5:37 AM

they ought to be glad for the exposure and not expect additional perks most of them aren't woth watching to begin with

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Mike June 18 2014 at 5:24 AM

Who cares?

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dj446688 Mike June 18 2014 at 9:36 AM

You do or you wouldn't have taken the time to read the article. And the headline CLEARLY states the article's content. LMAO

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Thomas June 18 2014 at 8:21 AM

Why are these "revelations" important now? Who the f... cares about Deniss Rodmann now --- or ever, for that matter? HE really does look like a worm with the head of an e-bola virus.

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dj446688 Thomas June 18 2014 at 9:30 AM

You do or you wouldn't have read the article.

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cathy Thomas June 18 2014 at 10:23 AM

Maybe the revelations aren't "important" but a lot of people find this stuff interesting.

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Valerie cathy June 18 2014 at 4:45 PM

And that's so sad, really.

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onionson June 18 2014 at 5:23 AM

They sent the wrong type of helicopter to get Rodman.

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spock21757 onionson June 18 2014 at 8:25 AM

should have been north korean

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swameesalami June 18 2014 at 7:25 AM

why is this even " news" ????

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Chickiepoo swameesalami June 18 2014 at 7:30 AM

Not "news"........more like an Internet AD for this guy's book.......

I'd wait until it got to the Dollar Tree........LOL !!

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mhdjl swameesalami June 18 2014 at 10:16 AM

Not everything has to do with politics. There is also sports news, "mommy" news, ethnic news, and this - entertainment news. It is important to read a variety of articles (even though many of them are more of a synopsis than actually giving any information). It allows you to be a well-rounded person able to talk with others about a many different things rather than sounding like a one-note idiot.

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circus1804 June 18 2014 at 8:03 AM

For all you people who said "don't care!", "big deal!" and "why is this news?", which includes myself....we must have read the article. Does that mean "we care!", it is a "big deal!" and "it is news!"?

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