I think Leno was being serious here. He’s actually a thoughtful, reasonable guy in the magazine interviews I’ve read.
But in no way is Leno a conservative Republican, as some have alleged. His jokes, contrary to claims, are just as as trashy as those of many other crude comedians. He’s never openly taken political opinions, unlike my conservative hero Pat Sajak. Also, Jay is married to an ultra-liberal feminista, Mavis.