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Jay Leno: Late-night TV all 'depressing Trump stuff'

Jay Leno is lamenting that late-night TV has been overrun with "depressing Trump stuff."

"Late-night has always been pretty topical," Leno said in a Hollywood Reporter story published Wednesday.

"The only trouble is now everyone has the same topic," he laughed.

While heaping praise on late-night hosts - including Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and Samantha Bee - the former face of NBC's "Tonight Show" said, "The trouble is that there's such negativity now."

"When I did the show, [George W.] Bush was dumb and [Bill] Clinton was horny and it was human problems. Now it's all anti-women, anti-LGBT, anti-Muslim, anti-Mexican, anti-Salvadoran; it's such a negative thing," Leno, 67, said.

"God bless all the late-night hosts, they make it funny, but ultimately, it's depressing. You don't really watch late-night TV to get away from reality anymore; now it's more in your face."

"You laugh but then you go to bed going, 'Oh man, the world is really pretty rough.' And it's not, it's one man that causes all these problems!" the host of CNBC's "Jay Leno's Garage" added.

But Leno said there's at least one positive that has arisen from the current political climate.

"My wife was so depressed when Trump was elected but I said, 'This will be the greatest thing that ever happens to the women's movement.' Because even men who are apathetic are going, 'Whoa, wait a minute.'"

Calling film producer Harvey Weinstein - who was accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct in New York Times and New Yorker stories last year - a "catalyst," Leno said, "but Trump really started [the groundswell]. Seven hundred and fifty thousand women showed up for that [women's] march on three days' notice. That was unprecedented."

"I think it's ultimately a good thing; sometimes you have to hit people in the head with a two-by-four to make them aware."

Leno, who stepped down from his NBC show in 2014, said, "People are so incensed by Trump and what he does. But the country is actually OK - unemployment is down, people are working - so ultimately some good will come out of it."