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Jay Leno, The Environmentalist

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The LA Times reported yesterday that Comedian Jay Leno, host of TV's "The Tonight Show" called Assemblywoman Sally Lieber's office earlier this year and "delivered a monologue that wasn't funny at all."

Although LAist isn't surprised that Leno's monologue wasn't funny, we were surprised when we heard just what he was monologuing about. Apparently, Leiber was sponsoring legislation to end a Calfornia exemption that spares many old cars from smog checks. And since Leno is the self-proclaimed "King of the World" when it comes to collecting expensive antique cars — he has a large stake in making sure that they continue to be exempt from smog-checks so that his quest to deplete the Ozone layer (while still being funny) will not be stopped.

Lieber's legislative director told the LA Times that Leno said he thought "the bill was stupid" and that "he was really angry." She also mentioned that he was nothing like the affable personality on TV who just happens to be friends with Arnold Schwarzenegger — the loveable dope who must make a decision on it by the end of this month.

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Oh, Jay. LAist knows how much you care about your 100+ gas guzzling, ozone-depleting cars. LAist knows how angry you will be if they must sit in those 12 airplane hangars to store them. Fortunately you know people, and even if the bill passes — you'll find a way around it, like you normally do.

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