Comedian and former talk show host George Lopez stopped by this morning for the first time nearly ten years – and it didn't take much for him to open up about his childhood, his drinking, and basically having his late night show ripped away from him (which we speculate contributed to the drinking).
George, like many other comedians, had a rough childhood. He was abandoned early by both parents and raised by his grandma, whom he called 'a blatant racist' who didn't like George and disproved of everything he did. It was a 'disconnected' family, he said, 'there wasn't much love there.' After he made some dough in comedy, his grandma was in a retirement home and George paid extra cash for all black nurses to surround her in her final years. One final 'F you'.
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George didn't even have baby photos of himself. He was asked to furnish one for his appearance on the Byron Allen show and he used one of his daughter, scuffing it up on his pant leg to make it look aged.
George hit to comedy stage and was good at it, progressing to his own sitcom in the early 2000s and his own TBS late night talk show in 2009. Here's where things got tricky.
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George worked hard and got decent ratings – averaging about 1 million viewers per night, which is great for TBS. Then when Jay Leno stole the Tonight Show back from Conan O'Brien, TBS decided they wanted to become a major player in the late night game by getting Coco on deep cable. They even asked George to call Conan and convince him that working on TBS was great. They gave Conan – who TBS called 'a folk hero' - George's 11pm slot and pushed George back to midnight.
George essentially got 'Jay Leno'd by Conan O'Brien.
George's show had been under scrutiny for its content for some time. George referred to TBS Vice President of Late Night David Hudson as 'a backbiting, backstabbing mother f*cker' and felt that he wasn't allowed to flourish and be creative; network executives tried to tell him what was funny.
Howard's guitar fever is spreading, as George couldn't help himself from playing a few bars
Speaking of late night, George once got a phone call from Jay Leno who took issue with a comment George made on a radio show that Jay was not an 'honest dude'. Jay, if you can believe this, actually threatened to kick George's ass. Howard begged George to let him set that fight up. It would probably get Super Bowl numbers. As for Jay, George theorized that if Jay could f*ck one of his cars, and it could f*ck him back, he never would've cared about doing the Tonight Show.
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If you Google George Lopez right now, new stories will undoubtedly pop up about George being so drunk that he was lying on the floor of a casino. George admitted that he had about seventeen shots of Patron. 'I was f*cked up.' When he got off the stool to walk, he found he couldn't. He's been sober since the incident and it seemed like he was enjoying his sobriety. 'I've never had a good relationship with alcohol.'
George also famously got a kidney transplant from his now ex-wife. George blamed his grandmother for his genetic kidney condition, saying that if she'd taken him to the doctor when he was bed-wetting as a child, the problem could've been corrected then.
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As for the kidney-donating ex, that's one subject George is tight-lipped on. He did admit that he's 'angrier than ever' at her, and sees a therapist twice a week to work on himself.
For now, George is happy with his new sitcom, St. George, in which one of Howard's favorite actors, Danny Trejo, plays his drunk, bumbling uncle. Howard applauded the decision to use Danny in a comedy and George couldn't say enough nice things about him
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George Lopez on @sternshow funny and truthful shit about show biz Great interview as always
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