PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Chris Stigall talked to comedian and talk show host Dennis Miller about Jimmy Fallon taking over the Tonight Show from Jay Leno.
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Miller compared Fallon to Johnny Carson, saying, “He has an innate likability, and that’s what Carson had, and I’ll bet you any money he’s there for the next 20 to 25 years.”
Miller added that, “If I had to look out on the landscape right now and pick a guy for that job, I’d pick Jimmy.”
Stigall then asked Miller if Fallon has the gravitas that Carson possessed in his heyday as host of the Tonight Show, with Miller responding that, “I don’t think Jimmy has it [now], but you got to remember that when Johnny Carson started he was more like Jimmy Fallon.”
Miller added that he feels like he was disappointed with President Obama’s performance, stating, “I don’t think it’s been a great run for the country. I don’t have an axe to grind with the guy, but he just stinks at his job. I’d be whacked if I did my job like that.”
Still, when asked about the 2012 election and Mitt Romney, he said, “I don’t like to cry over spilt milk. This is what we’ve got. It’s America 180 to me.”
Stigall also asked Miller his thoughts on a potential Hillary Clinton vs. Chris Christie matchup for President in 2016 election. Miller responded that, “they better shoot that debate in IMAX, because it’s the pants suit vs. the track suit.”
He went on to say both need to lose weight before making runs at the presidency. He described squeezing Christie onto a campaign flight as, “an MRI exam if he’s on anything under a Citation 4.”
Later, Stigall questioned Miller, who previously worked as an analyst on Monday Night Football for two seasons, about the NFL and his thoughts on Peyton Manning. While giving Manning credit for his accomplishments in the regular season, Miller did not go as far as others, adding “[He’s] got one Super Bowl. Joe Montana’s the greatest quarterback who ever lived…the more you win, that’s what ascends you.”
He was less kind about Commissioner Roger Goodell’s tenure at the top of the league, offering that, “Goodell is doing to the league what Obama is doing to the country,” and concluding that Goodell is only interested in making money, not making the game better or safer for the players.