Todd Yasui: Behind the scenes of late night TV

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Big time TV producer, Todd Yasui is the guest today. Todd was the Executive Producer of “Late Late Show” with Kilborne and Ferguson. He was also my boss on “The Queen Latifah Show.” It’s amazing to learn that he got his first job by cold calling the infamous Helen Kushnick of the “The Tonight Show.” Todd gets into detail about his the early chaotic days of that show. It’s the truth behind “The Late Shift.” (Ok, the book was pretty close.)

Todd is very open and frank. if you love backstage showbiz stories, this is the show for you. Todd also talks about fighting with Steven Segal and we discuss our experience dealing with Bill Cosby as the allegations began.

Check out Bonus Yasui! Todd tells us his 3 must see cult movies.

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From Broadcast and Cable:

“Yasui joined Queen Latifah in season one after serving as the executive producer of the Australian primetime talk show, Rove LA. Prior to that, he was executive producer of The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn. Yasui also was senior VP of late-night programming at Fox for five years, and he’s executive produced several comedy, late-night and variety shows for Oxygen, ABC and Fox. He also spent five years as a booker and segment producer at NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Yasui started his career at The Washington Post, working as an assistant to Pulitzer Prize-winning TV critic Tom Shales and rising to assistant editor of arts and entertainment.”