By Judy Kurtz - 01/30/12 11:58 PM EST
Michelle Obama is aiming to make Jay Leno one lean, mean, veggie-eating late-night machine.
The first lady tweeted a message and hinted at possible shtick ahead of her scheduled Tuesday “Tonight Show” appearance, writing on her “Let’s Move!” exercise and healthy eating initiative’s Twitter feed, “[Jay Leno] says he never eats vegetables … we’ll see about that! [Let’s Move] to get Jay to eat some veggies on ‘The Tonight Show’ on 1/31!”
Leno also declared in a 2006 Parade magazine interview, “I don’t think I’ve had a vegetable since 1969 … I eat a lot of junk food like pizza, hamburgers and hot dogs. When I have a soda, I have a soda — not a diet soda. I don’t think I’ve ever had a salad, actually.”
The comedian, 61, was hospitalized in 2009 for exhaustion. He blamed his hectic work schedule.
Leno’s admitted lack of passion for produce might play well with the book Obama is expected to promote on his show. American Grown, the tome penned by the first lady about the White House garden, is slated to be published in April.