After reading about Mel Gibson’s appearance on The Tonight Show a bit on the ‘net last night I made the decision to stay up and watch it. I’m glad I did. First, Leno’s monologue was pretty funny and he treated The Passion of the Christ with respect even though he made some pretty good (not offensive ) jokes about it. Leno even saw the movie and really liked it. Mel came out and got a huge ovation. When you see Gibson in a situation like this you realize why he’s such a star. Great interview and again, Leno handled things with humor and respect.
On a side note, Prince was the musical guest. I will confess I used to really like Prince but I don’t think he’s done much worth listening to for the last 10-15 years. I thought he’d come out and try and make some attempt at being trendy with all sorts of attempts at hip-hop. Instead, he brought the FUNK. Real saxaphones, drums, bass, etc. In his interview he said he’s trying to bring real music back and I applaud his effort. Hopefully he leaves some of the profane music behind.