Given the liberal whoops heard from auds on “The Daily Show” and Bill Maher‘s “Real Time,” the effusive applause for conservative bomb-thrower Ann Coulter on the June 13 “The Tonight Show” seemed a little surprising.
Still, there was no doubt Coulter supporters found their way into the taping — so much so that Leno commented on the aud’s right-wing bent during his monologue and then lightly chastised them for applauding a joke about Democrats before he’d finished telling it.
A “Tonight Show” spokeswoman says since Coulter’s appearance was confirmed only two days earlier, there was “nothing pre-organized” in terms of a group requesting tickets.
But Coulter fans do appear to have snapped up the 60 or so seats made available that day. The Burbank studio holds 382, and most of the rah-rahing on Coulter’s behalf came from a vocal if relatively small percentage of the audience.
Coulter brought an entourage of about five people with her, the “Tonight” spokeswoman says, but they watched from backstage.
Leno acknowledged he took some heat for the booking, alluding to negative emails in advance of the show.