Stars Who Refused to Appear on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'

| by Michael Allen

Dave Berg, who worked as a producer for "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," has written a behind-the-scenes book about some of the more bizarre moments on the NBC late night show.

The new book, "Behind the Curtain: An Insider’s View of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show," reveals that Christian Bale was scheduled to be a guest on the show in 2002, but apparently dropped out because he did not like answering pre-show interview questions such as where he grew up and how big his family was, notes the Daily Mail.

Helen Hunt got offended when a "Tonight Show" producer made some remarks about her acting on NBC's "Mad About You" and refused to come back on "The Tonight Show" for 14 years.

Los Angeles Lakers' guard Kobe Bryant refused to come on "The Tonight Show" after Leno joked about the star player when he was accused of raping a 19-year-old girl in 2003.

Some stars demanded to be pampered in exchange for appearing on "The Tonight Show."

Berg claims that Eddie Murphy required, "4 Snapple Fruit Punch, 4 Snapple Orangeade, 4 Snapple Grapeade, 4 Dr. Browne’s Cream Soda, 4 Dr. Browne’s Root Beer, Coke in glass bottles, bananas, cherries, Evian bottled water, Juicy Fruit Gum, Snickers, Milky Ways, peppermints, York Peppermint Patties, writing pads/pencils/pens, regular-sized towels, washcloths/small."

Singer and reality star Jessica Simpson wanted "The Tonight Show" to pay a whopping $18,000 for her hair and makeup, but NBC refused to do so.

However, "The Tonight Show" did pay $35,000 for a private plane to fly in Sarah Palin and her family from Anchorage, Alaska, in 2008.

Former President Bill Clinton did not come on the show. His people told Berg that he "simply didn’t like Jay’s never-ending Monica Lewinsky jokes." Clinton has appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" numerous times.

A study by the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University estimated that 4,607 jokes were told about President Clinton by Leno, of which 454 included Monica Lewinsky, notes The Los Angeles Times in February.

Leno also goofed on President Bush 3,239 times, followed by Al Gore 1,026, Barack Obama at 1,011, Hillary Clinton with 939, Dick Cheney at 673, but Kim Kardashian only got joked about 37 times.

Sources: Daily MailThe Los Angeles Times