21st Century: Query 130 (Jay Leno)
“Today is Valentine’s Day – or, as men like to call it, Extortion Day!”
~ Jay Leno is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and former late-night television host. After doing stand-up comedy for years, he became the host of NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno from 1992 to 2009. Beginning in September 2009, Leno started a primetime talk show, titled The Jay Leno Show, which aired weeknights at 10:00pm ET, also on NBC.
After The Jay Leno Show was canceled in January 2010 amid a host controversy, Leno returned to host The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on March 1, 2010. He hosted his last episode of The Tonight Show on February 6, 2014. That year, he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. Since 2014, Leno has hosted Jay Leno’s Garage.
In this context, what does Leno mean by “Extortion Day”?
In general, what is he saying about prescribed gift-giving? Do you agree or disagree? Why?