By Joal Ryan
Jay Leno must have a calming influence on Courtney Love.
After flashing David Letterman on the New York late-night host’s show last month, Love kept her clothes on for Leno’s Burbank-based set Tonight Show Thursday.
The–how should we say?–outspoken rocker-actress bantered with the NBC funnyman, dangled a cigarette from her lips, dropped the words “pimp,” “methadone” and “smartass,” and sang a song–all without incident.
And unlike the night of her Letterman appearance, she wasn’t even arrested after the show.
Love ostensibly is on the talk-show circuit to promote her new solo album, America’s Sweetheart. But as her rap sheet grows, the Tonight Show appearance, like her unlikely stop by the coffee klatch that is ABC’s The View, was an opportunity for her to show the TV nation that she’s nothing more than the harmless punk-rock version of, say, Teri Garr .
To whit: On Tonight, Love told the delightful story of the day a social worker came to her home to check on her 11-year-old daughter and she got all “smartass.”
“You guys got to leave soon. My pimp is coming home,” Love said she told the official, per Reuters. “Someone is holding my place in the methadone line.”
In the May issue of Blender, Love conceded that copping an attitude with child-welfare workers might not have been a good idea. Frances Bean Cobain, her daughter with late Nirvana rocker Kurt Cobain, was removed from her custody. The girl is currently in the care of Love’s stepfather.
Elsewhere in Love’s tangled state of affairs, a May 3 trial date was set Friday in Los Angeles for a pair of misdemeanor charges stemming from a window-smashing episode at an ex-boyfriend’s house last year.
Love was not required to attend the procedural hearing, which came a day after she was ordered to stand trial in Beverly Hills on felony drug charges stemming from an overdose that occurred the same night as the shattered-glass arrest. An April 30 arraignment was set for that case.
For those gamely trying to keep score at home, Love is due to be the subject of yet another courtroom drama Monday in New York. That’s when she’s due to answer to charges she recklessly tossed a mic stand into a nightclub crowd during a post-Letterman gig in March.
Maybe Love should bring Leno along for moral support.