Comedian Jerry Lewis is no fan of modern television, calling two of the biggest hits of the decade garbage that never would have passed muster in his heyday.
Lewis was at the Television Critics Association press tour to talk about his new Encore special The Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis, but instead spent most of his time kvetching about the state of TV today.
“The kids who are on American Idol, they’re all McDonald’s wipeouts,” Lewis said. “They’ve all been dumped. They’ve worked there and now they’re doing that. And of course they all play a guitar, which takes the place of music.”
Lewis continued his rampage with a scathing critique of another reality show, The Biggest Loser, saying the only reason it’s on the air is because it’s cheap to produce.
“Proctor & Gamble says, ‘Are you nuts? You want me to spend $1.6 million for that variety show when I can get the fat lady to lose weight for $62,000. Let’s go with that one. We’ll call it reality.’ And that’s what they’ve done… Who cares?”
And don’t even get him started on mobile TV. “They put all of their product on the stupid phone,” he said. “You’re gonna put Lawrence of Arabia on that stupid son of a [expletive]?”
It’s not all doom and gloom for Lewis, though.
“I love the industry,” he gushed. “I don’t allow people in my family to use the term ‘TV’ around the house. It’s television. It’s a miracle. When I watch it, I want it to grab me. I want it to be like I ran home and I made sure to be there before Law & Order went on.”
Don’t hold your breath to see Jerry Lewis guest-hosting any reality competitions.
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