Jay Leno apologizes for joking about Asians, advocacy group says

Media Action Network for Asian Americans has actually installed a yearslong project concerning the previous “Tonight Show” host’s history of racist remarks, according to a news release it shared Thursday with CNN.

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The apology comes as violence has actually increased versus Asian and Asian Americans in the United States. 6 Asian ladies were amongst those eliminated in shootings at 3 Atlanta-area day spas recently, and a rise in reports of Ant-Asian hate has actually sounded an across the country alarm.

MANAA stated it’s been grumbling for practically 15 years about Leno’s remarks. The group stated that, in a current Zoom call in between Leno, MANAA leader Person Aoki, President Rob Chan and Vice President Lawrence Lim, the comic revealed his regret.

“At the time I did those jokes, I genuinely thought them to be harmless,” they priced estimate Leno as stating in a joint news release with MANAA . “I was making fun of our enemy North Korea, and like most jokes, there was a ring of truth to them.”

CNN has actually connected to both associates for Leno and MANAA for additional remark.

In 2002 Leno was recorded as having actually made jokes about Chinese individuals and Koreans consuming pet dogs and the remarks continued for many years.

According to the MANAA news release “The day after the first of those jokes in February 2002, then Asian Pacific American Media Coalition (APAMC, of which MANAA is a founding member) chair Karen Narasaki and the Executive Director of Korean American Coalition had a conference call with Leno, who insisted some Koreans ate dogs.”

The jokes ended up being fodder for conversation in 2019 after Gabrielle Union’s questionable exit as a judge from “America’s Got Talent” in which she detailed what she stated was a poisonous work environment, consisting of Leno apparently making Asian staffers uneasy by making such a joke. MANAA mentioned Range’s reporting on the accusation in their press release.

“Whenever we received a complaint, there would be two sides to the discussion: Either ‘We need to deal with this’ or ‘Screw ’em if they can’t take a joke,'” Leno is priced estimate in journalism release as stating. “Too many times I sided with the latter even when in my heart I knew it was wrong.”

“I do not consider this particular case to be another example of cancel culture but a legitimate wrong that was done on my part. MANAA has been very gracious in accepting my apology,” he stated.

“I hope that the Asian American community will be able to accept it as well, and I hope I can live up to their expectations in the future.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.