Jared Leto’s Historic Climb: Empire State Building


Savannah: Okay, we are back with the event we’ve been talking about all morning long. The one and only Jared Leto.

Sheinelle: My goodness.

Savannah: Jared Leto is on a quest to become the first person ever to climb the Empire State Building.

Craig: Yeah. We saw him earlier, right, Carson?

Carson: Yes, we did. Well, he went to the 86th floor. That’s the observation deck, and then he started to inch his way up to the top. I don’t know if he made it.

Craig: Well, we’re about to find out. Did he make it, Mr. Roker? What say you, sir?

Al: Well, I don’t know. Let’s find out. Let’s bring out the man of the hour, Mr. Jared Leto. How are you, sir? Good to see you.

Jared: Good to see you, too.

Al: Here, come on. Let’s say hi to some of our friends here.

Jared: Hello, how are you doing?

Al: Fresh off of his climb, we’ll find out… Come on. Meet my pals over here.

Jared: Yeah, sure.

Al: How you feeling?

Jared: I’m feeling great.

Al: You look great.

Jared: Thank you very much.

Al: So, let’s bring you over.

Craig: You made it. Hey, Jared Leto.

Savannah: Good to see you.

Jared: How are you doing? How are you doing? Good to see you. Hello, hello.

Craig: The AFTRA strike is over, man. You don’t have to climb buildings anymore.

Jared: That’s right. I can get back to work.

Savannah: So, what happened? Did you make it?

Craig: Yeah, how was it?

Jared: I made it. I’m alive.

Al: All right, so you made it to the top.

Jared: Yes, I made it to the top, and I was just saying I saw my mother in the window of the 80th floor, and that was a nice surprise. Yeah, my mom came to visit.

Craig: In fact, your mom’s right over here.

Jared: Yes, she’s over there. Hey, here come the cameras.

Craig: I think that was you at the top. What is it like at the top to look out at New York?

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Jared: It’s incredible, it’s incredible. I mean, to watch the sunrise overlooking the city, it’s meant so much to me. Ever since I was a kid, New York stood for the place that you went to make your dreams come true. As a young kid, I wanted to be an artist, and New York was a place that you came to be an artist. And the Empire State Building was always that symbol for me.

Craig: Was it a challenge to do this?

Jared: Yeah. Well, yeah, I mean, it was very challenging as you can see. But, you know, I’ve always had a fascination with the Empire State Building, and I love to climb. We’re launching a world tour. Thirty Seconds to Mars is back on the road.

Savannah: That’s your band.

Jared: That’s my band.

Craig: You just released an album.

Jared: That’s right. We just put an album out called It’s the End of the World but It’s a Beautiful Day. So, it was in celebration of the tour and, you know, doing those things that you aspire to do.

Al: You’ve got an exciting announcement for us.

Jared: I did what?

Al: You have an exciting announcement for us about the band.

Jared: I do.

Craig: The tour?

Jared: Yes, the world tour. It’s called Seasons 2024 World Tour. We are going on tour.

Savannah: I mean, just seeing you up there, I know you’re actually quite an experienced climber, but what does it feel like to be up there? And did you have any nerves?

Jared: You know, I was more excited than nervous to tell you the truth, but I have to be honest, it was very, very hard. It was very hard. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be.

Savannah: In what way?

Jared: You know, just the endurance that it took, the stamina that it took, and it was very sharp. Actually, yeah, you can see a clip of me climbing there.

Al: Jared, what does one climb after they climb the Empire State Building?

Jared: Oh, into bed. You climb right into bed.

Al: But do you have a challenge you want to do? Something next?

Jared: You know, I spent a lot of time in Yosemite so that’s a special place, and there are a lot of things I want to do there. But I do like to climb buildings in cities. It’s a really fun thing to do. Someone’s laughing, but it is a fun thing to do to climb buildings.

Craig: I don’t know if there’s such a thing as a cool down climb, but you can climb just up to the top here as a cool down climb.

Jared: Yeah, that would be a cool down climb for sure.

Al: We also do have an elevator.

Jared: And I think I topped out at 1,200 feet, and we had a helicopter filming it, so it felt a little.

Sheinelle: That’s amazing. Like Spider-Man.

Savannah: You got too many talents, my friend. Thirty Seconds to Mars is going on tour in March.

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Jared Leto scales new heights with a historic ascent to the pinnacle of the Empire State Building, capturing attention and making headlines.

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