Tag Archives: “Stuttering” John Melendez

H-h-h-h-h-heeeere’s Jay! ‘Stuttering John’ Melendez: ‘I Definitely Have a Job’ on Leno’s New Show

Well, that mystery’s cleared up.

Come September, former Tonight Show announcer “Stuttering John” Melendez will join boss Jay Leno in the lantern-jawed funnyman’s 10 p.m. slot.

How can we be certain?

Last night on Olivia Wilder Times, John told host Olivia Wilder in no uncertain terms that he’s still in Jay’s good graces.

CAPTION: “It hasn’t been defined. But I’m sure it will be soon,” John (above) tells us of his new prime-time NBC gig.

“It hasn’t been defined. But I’m sure it will be soon,” John (above) tells us of his prime-time NBC gig.

“I definitely have a job. I’m not sure in what capacity the job will be,” he said of The Jay Leno Show, which debuts Sept. 17.

“I do a lot of things on the show. I do the warm-up, I write stuff, I’m in sketches and bits and I do the – I’m the announcer.

“I know I have a job. I’m just happy to be there.”

It wasn’t but nine weeks ago that John was anything but sure about his future at the Peacock Net.

During an appearance on Mr. Media in April – two months before Jay handed over The Tonight Show to Conan O’Brien – John had no idea if he’d still be employed by Jay.

“I don’t know yet. I haven’t heard yet,” John told host Bob Andelman.

“I’m assuming I’m going in some capacity – although assumptions aren’t always good. But I really do hope that I am.”

That in turn prompted John’s former boss, Howard Stern, on his Sirius Satellite show, to quip:

“I’m going to make an offer to John right now: If Jay doesn’t hire him back, he can stay in L.A. and ask questions, and we’ll hire him to go to some of those premieres and ask questions again.”

“He can do that. It’s a dollar for every question.”

To hear John’s full interview, click here.

To read about John’s newsmaking interview on Mr. Media, click here.

BlogTalkRadio Today: April 14, 2009


American Idol Finalist and Celebrity Rehab Cast Member, Nikki McKibbin

Have you considered making BlogTalkRadio your home page? If you listen to us often and start your day with a BlogTalkRadio show, it might be something to look into. This way you can see our programming your first thing upon logging on in the morning.

In the meantime, check out today’s highlights. (All times EDT)

  • Nikki Mckibbin, who you may know from American Idol, Celebrity Rehab and Sober House, talks about her new life, sobriety, and music on Random Talk Radio tonight at 9:00.
  • “Stuttering John” Melendez discusses his work with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, and responds to former boss Howard Stern’s “offer” last week to rehire him if Jay doesn’t, at 1:00 p.m. on World Talk Live.
  • Dr. Blogstein welcomes actress Amber Benson, of Buffy The Vampire Slayer fame, to discuss her new book Death’s Daughter and her career change, tonight at 9:00 p.m.
  • MediaBistro.com’s Morning Media Menu welcomed BBC World News America Executive Producer Rome Hartman to break down the day’s headlines.
  • Humorist and WalletPop blogger Julie Tilsner, author of Planet Parenthood and Attack of the Toddlers, discusses how to feed your family on the cheap.
  • At 10:00 a.m. John C. Havens interviews Valorie Luther of Creative Concepts about her Business Smart Tools Conference.
  • Which film creatures are the most entertaining – monsters or aliens? Discuss with Betty Jo Tucker this afternoon at 4:00.

For a complete rundown of all of today’s programming, please see today’s On Air Schedule.

Howard Stern: If Jay Leno Doesn’t Hire ‘Stuttering John’ Melendez Back, I’ll Rehire Him

Howard Stern did an about-face yesterday in his feud with former underling “Stuttering John” Melendez—or did he?

While interviewing him Monday on Mr. Media, host Bob Andelman asked John—who left Howard’s then-terrestrial radio show in 2003 to become Jay Leno‘s announcer on The Tonight Show—”Is Jay taking you with him to 10 p.m.?”


"I really enjoy working with Jay. He's been great to me thus far," John (l) tells us of his current boss (r).

(Bob—whose interview is cited in the New York Post‘s Page Six column today—was of course referring to Jay’s move to an earlier time slot on NBC this fall, with a show tentatively titled The Jay Leno Show, after handing off The Tonight Show to Conan O’Brien in June.)

“I don’t know yet. I haven’t heard yet,” John replied. “I’m assuming I’m going in some capacity—although assump- tions aren’t always good. But I really do hope that I am.”

The next morning, on Howard’s Sirius Satellite show, the King of All Media’s newswoman, Lisa G, reported:

“I have an update on ‘Stuttering’ John Melendez – appearing on [Bob Andelman’s] Internet radio show yesterday claiming that he has not heard yet if he will be following Jay Leno to his new 10 p.m. show. John says he assumes he’s going in some capacity, but he’s doing standup and building up his website just in case.”

Before we tell you Howard’s response to that update, we should note that, in February 2008, John appeared on Adam Carolla‘s since-axed syndicated radio show and ripped into his former boss, claiming Howard never paid him fairly and didn’t fight to keep him when he quit Howard’s show.

“He resented me doing any outside work,” John told Adam.

On his own show a few days later, Howard called John a “no-talent ingrate,” adding:

“I didn’t have a beef with him before, but I do now. He’s delusional… He can go #$%! himself.”


"I can't imagine the magic of that show without John," Howard (above) says of a Melendez-less Jay Leno program.

Now for the kicker.

Yesterday on Howard’s show, in response to Lisa’s update, he said:

“I’m going to make an offer to John right now: If Jay doesn’t hire him back, he can stay in L.A. and ask questions, and we’ll hire him to go to some of those premieres and ask questions again.”

But then Howard added, “[John]  can do that. It’s  a dollar for every question.”

Will Jay bring John to his new prime-time show? Will John— jonesing for a broadcasting gig after being dumped—return to Howard? Stay tuned.

In the meantime, be sure to check out John’s full Mr. Media interview, in which John also:

—Tells the story of his awkward run-in with Billy Crystal backstage at The Tonight Show years after infuriating the comedian at a movie premiere while covering the event for Howard’s show.

—Explains why, much to his dismay, his latest Internet video in which he sings to his baby son is rife with profanity.

To hear John’s interview, click here.

To read the New York Post‘s coverage of Bob’s interview and the Howard-Stuttering John feud, click here.

To check out John’s new online TV show, click here.

It’s a Bittersweet Edition of ‘The Mix’

And what exactly do we mean by “bittersweet”?

As much pleasure as it would give us to tell you, we can’t.

John in 2008 – pre-cropping.

John in 2008 – pre-cropping.

Because, well, we’re not ex- actly sure ourselves.

But by the time the show rolls around, we promise we’ll have it (as the British say) sussed.

Until then, what we can tell you is, tonight’s show answers such all-important questions as:

—Why America’s favorite mom, Florence Henderson, is more than willing to “do raunchy stuff.”

—Which iconic edifice Tucker Carlson thinks should be re- named “The Staples House.”

—How Tonight show announc- er  John Melendez (above) got to look like Howie Mandel and Dr. Phil.

—What former New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey was doing at a Hannah Montana concert (or so he says).

John, with boss Jay Leon (middle) and colleague Kevin Eubanks post-bet loss.

John, with boss Jay Leno (middle) and colleague Kevin Eubanks, post-bet loss.

—Why Glam God winner Indashio, not wanting to name-drop, re- fuses to talk about the celeb- rities he has styled – though moments later tells us he has styled Lil’ Kim, Kim Kardashian, Tyra Banks, Kathy Lee Gifford and other lovely ladies.

So don’t miss The Mix, hosted by everyone’s favorite pod jockey, Shaun Daily, tonight – and every Monday – at 9 p.m. ET!