Late-night host and comedian Jay Leno has issued an apology for a series of jokes told over his career targeting Asian communities.
The apology comes after a nearly 15-year campaign from the activist group Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) for remarks as recent as Variety‘s 2020 report that Leno cracked about Koreans eating dog meat — a complaint that offended numerous players on the set of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”
Leno said, “I am issuing this apology. 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. I hope that the Asian American community will be able to accept it as well.”
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Jay Leno Apologizes for Decades of Jokes About Asians: ‘In My Heart I Knew It Was Wrong’ https://t.co/91t58CCxrY
— Variety (@Variety) March 24, 2021
Apology not accepted. Thanks in part to dog-eating jokes by celebs like Leno, people felt emboldened to ask if my then toothless baby was eating dog meat yet. https://t.co/TBVbZh8JdA
— Jae-Ha Kim 김재하 (@GoAwayWithJae) March 24, 2021
So is your heart not in any way connected to your brain, mouth, ears, and body? Nah, dude. Do better. https://t.co/i0tlvZ5W2i
— Celeste Ng (@pronounced_ing) March 24, 2021