Hey, Duff: Why Are American Talk Shows On So Late?

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Duff McKagan's regular column runs every Thursday on Reverb. Send your questions to askduff@seattleweekly.com.
Hey, Duff: Why are American talk shows on so late?

-- Holly Moore

Duff: Well, Holly, that is a good question, and I would hazard to guess that back when late-night TV started, it was a time when television as a medium as a whole was new.

America has never been a hotbed for humor and sex liberties. We were founded by some serious right-wing religious zealots back in the 1600s, and things haven't changed much. By the time that television came around, any sort of off-color shows were thought better to have been shown at 11:30 p.m. Well after the kids and the holy-rollers went to bed.

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