Pyjama-clad Jay Leno mines Jackson trial

Hours before the judge in the Michael Jackson case was expected to rule on whether comedian Jay Leno can tell jokes at the singer’s expense, “The Tonight Show” host found a way to slip in a quip without opening his mouth.

After arriving “late” for the taping of Thursday’s Tonight Show, Leno stepped out of a black limousine wearing SpongeBob SquarePants pyjamas and accompanied by several bodyguards. One of the bodyguards held an open umbrella over Leno’s head as the comedian remained silent when asked why he was late.

Earlier in the day, Jackson had arrived late to court wearing pyjama bottoms and a T-shirt over a coat. His lawyers explained the pop star had come straight from a hospital where he had been treated for a back injury.

Leno, who has been subpoenaed to testify at Jackson’s trial, has asked the court to exempt him from a gag order preventing everyone involved in the case from discussing it.

“They’re ruling on my gag order tomorrow to see if I’m allowed to tell Jackson jokes,” he told his audience on Thursday.
“I’m not legally allowed to tell Michael Jackson jokes, but I can still write them.”

Then, as he has in recent days, he called on another comedian, Drew Carey, to handle that night’s Jackson duty.

“Michael Jackson showed up to court late today wearing his pyjama bottoms,” Carey told the audience. “You know what? You find the kid wearing the pyjama top and we have another court case on our hands.” - Sapa-AP

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