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Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 01/25/2012

Offended ‘Tonight Show’ viewer sues Jay Leno over joke

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In case you missed it: Last week on “The Tonight Show,” Jay Leno made a joke about Mitt Romney’s summer home being the Golden Temple of Amritsar, one of the most holy places in Sikh culture. Now, a very offended viewer is suing Leno, reports BBC News, saying the late night host “falsely portrays the holiest place in the Sikh religion as a vacation resort owned by a non-Sikh.”

According to BBC News, Randeep Dhillon filed suit on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, and stated that the joke “clearly exposes plaintiff, other Sikhs and their religion to hatred, contempt, ridicule and obloquy.”

After the Sikh community publicly objected to the Golden Temple joke , the State Department stepped in to say that Leno’s remarks are constitutionally protected under free speech laws, and appeared to be satirical.

So far, there’s been no response from “The Tonight Show” or NBC reps. Here’s the joke that started it all, from last Thursday:

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