Jay Leno's top targets on 'The Tonight Show' and his best celeb moments

Tim Kenneally, Reuters

, Last Updated: 2:47 PM ET

Here’s something that might come as a surprise to some people - Jay Leno was no tool of the big, bad liberal media. At least, not according to a new study release by the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University.

The group conducted a study of the jokes told by Leno on his 20-plus year run on The Tonight Show - which comes to an end tonight - and found that, when Leno joked about public affairs and public figures, he poked fun at Democrats more often than Republicans.

According to the study, which looked at more than 43,000 jokes about public affairs and public figures that Leno has told since taking the Tonight Show reins in 1992, Leno told 10,885 jokes about Democrats - 15% more than he told at the expense of Republicans.

Moreover, the study found that former president Bill Clinton was the biggest target of Leno’s jokes, with 4,607 jabs tossed in his direction.

Hey, who can resist a cheap, easy dig about a stained blue dress?

Somehow, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin was relatively unscathed by Leno’s wit, absorbing a mere 300 jabs from the late-night host.

Read the Top 20 list of Leno’s public affairs-related joke targets below.

1. Bill Clinton 4607

2. George W. Bush 3239

3. Al Gore 1026

4. Barack Obama 1011

5. Hillary Clinton 939

6. Dick Cheney 673

7. Monica Lewinsky 454

8. Bob Dole 452

9. John McCain 426

10. Mitt Romney 361

11. John Kerry 357

12. George H.W. Bush 343

13. Newt Gingrich 328

14. Sarah Palin 300

15. Ross Perot 288

15. Arnold Schwarzenegger 288

17. Joe Biden 274

18. Dan Quayle 260

19 John Edwards 229

20. Osama Bin Laden 216


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