Jay Leno Quips About Glass Ceiling at THR’s Women in Entertainment Breakfast

The comedian also cracks wise on the event's former venue — and its controversial owner

Capping off a big year that saw his Tonight Show exit, Jay Leno was among the first to speak during The Hollywood Reporter's annual Women in Entertainment breakfast on Wednesday morning.

In celebrating the big names on the Power 100 list, the comedian also decided to draw attention to women's long road to recognition. "There have been breakthroughs," he said, referring to Kathryn Bigelow's 2009 Oscar for directing The Hurt Locker. "If you want to break the glass ceiling, you're going to need explosives."

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"Have you ever noticed the less women involved in something, the worse it is?" Leno asked, drawing attention to ISIS, Al Qaeda and the Los Angeles Lakers. Current pop culture targets also included the iPhone hack, but Leno got the most applause when he called out the media's reaction to 50-year-old Monica Bellucci being cast in the upcoming James Bond film Spectre.

"Instead of calling her the oldest Bond girl ever," he said, "how about calling her the first age-appropriate Bond girl?"

Leno also touched on the elephant in the room, the fact that the breakfast moved from its longtime home at the Beverly Hills Hotel in light of the fact that the owner, the Sultan of Brunei, instituted new laws calling for for death by stoning for homosexuals and adulterers.

"This is the first time this event has not been held at the Sultan of Brunei's Beverly Hills Hotel," said Leno. "It's hard to walk the red carpet when you're wearing a burka." (He drew more groans than laughs.)

The event was presented by Lifetime and sponsored by Gucci, Samsung Galaxy, Audi, Roberto Coin and Gersh.