NEW YORK — Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon poked fun at the late-night rumors swirling around them in a music video that aired between their back-to-back NBC shows Monday night.
In a spoof of the romantic ballad “Tonight” from “West Side Story,” Leno, who was backstage at the “Tonight” show on the West Coast, and Fallon, in his “Late Night” office in Manhattan, serenaded each other by cellphone.
Fallon plaintively asked Leno if they’re still friends, despite reports that Fallon will soon displace Leno as “Tonight” host. Leno assured him they are.
Then the number began, with the duo warbling, “Tonight, tonight, who’s gonna host ‘Tonight’? ... Why do they say we fight?”
And the big finish: “Tonight, tonight, who cares who hosts ‘Tonight’? People just watch online the next day!”
‘BUCKWILD’ star, 2 others found dead in W.Va.
SISSONVILLE, W.Va. — Shain Gandee lived for the outdoors, often going on muddy, off-road thrill rides in the hills near his West Virginia home. A recent late-night escapade ended in tragedy for the MTV reality show cast member and two others.
The popular “BUCKWILD” cast member was found dead Monday inside a sport utility vehicle belonging to his family that was found partially submerged in a deep mud pit about a mile from his home near Sissonville, authorities said. Also inside were the bodies of his uncle and another man.
Kanawha County Sheriff’s Cpl. B.D. Humphreys said the red-and-white 1984 Ford Bronco’s muffler was below the surface and that mud covered the passenger side. No foul play is expected.
Authorities said the cause of the deaths was still under investigation and they refused to speculate on what happened. If the muffler was submerged and the engine kept running, it’s possible the cabin of the vehicle could have filled with fatal carbon monoxide from the exhaust.
Rock critic, founder of Crawdaddy, dead at 64
Paul Williams, the writer and editor who founded Crawdaddy, the first national publication entirely devoted to in-depth commentary about rock music and the incubator for a generation of renowned rock writers and critics, died March 27 in Encinitas, Calif. He was 64.
His death was confirmed by his wife, singer-songwriter Cindy Lee Berryhill. Williams was being treated for dementia caused by a 1995 bicycle accident. He had lived in a care facility since 2008.
There were no journals exclusively devoted to serious rock criticism when Williams started Crawdaddy in 1966 as a freshman at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. The few periodicals that covered pop music focused on how high a record charted or catered to the fantasy longings of teenage fans.
Crawdaddy, whose first issue was a 10-page mimeograph, predated Rolling Stone, the best-known rock magazine, by more than 18 months and Creem, another competitor, by nearly three years. Williams named his publication after a club in Surrey, England, where the Rolling Stones played their first shows.