Jay Leno has that Harley-Davidson Road King motorcycle (like this one, only white) on stage every night at his Tonight Show. It’s for celebs to sign so it can be auctioned off to aid the tsunami vics in Southeast Asia. His guests sign it as they exit, as did Nicole Kidman last night (who’s actually going to the stricken countries next week). The presence of the bike also draws surprise drop-ins (Johnny Carson always got them without a gimmick) who feel their signing is helping, as if their Magic Marker scribbles will add thousands of dollars to the take. Like, Dennis Miller dropped in last night. Now, if we were bidding on the bike, Miller’s autograph would in fact lower the value for us, and we’d have to get it removed. If he wants to help, Miller should donate cash to the Red Cross, instead of using the bike as an excuse to get his face on TV. And, if he hasn’t already, Leno, who makes more than $17 million a year, should write a check.
Yes, we know, don’t say it: We should put up or shut up.