Jay Leno Producer Reveals A-List Guests' Most Outrageous Demands

 

This story first appeared in the July 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Jessica Simpson demanded $18,000 for a hairdo (but didn't get it), and Eddie Murphy insisted his dressing room have three different flavors of Snapple -- along with four kinds of candy and two kinds of towels. That's what producer Dave Berg says in his upcoming memoir, Behind the Curtain, about his years with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show. Highlights:

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MICHAEL MOORE

Threatened not to go on just before the show taped unless the producers agreed to air his homemade video. "He had us over a barrel," writes Berg, admitting he caved but didn't invite Moore back.

QUENTIN TARANTINO WAS INGLOURIOUS

When a backstage bar was installed to help guests relax, Tarantino "was slurring his words and was occasionally incoherent during his interview," says Berg.

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BILL'S BIKE

To entice Bill Clinton to come on, the producers sent him a $12,000 custom bike after his 2004 heart surgery. Clinton kept the bike but never made an appearance.

PALIN'S PLANE

Sarah Palin asked for a private jet to fly her from Alaska to Burbank for her 2010 appearance. The cost? $35,000. She got it.

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EVERYBODY WANTS A FREEBIE

Teri Hatcher's assistant asked for a $2,000 Louis Vuitton bag when she got bumped in 2009. She got flowers instead.

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