Jay Leno's onscreen crack about overweight Harley-Davidson riders in Milwaukee earned him some hate mail from beefy bikers who didn't think it was funny.

"I didn't mean anything by it," the "Tonight" show host and motorcycle buff told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "It was a joke."On his show June 15, after appearing at Harley-Davidson's 95th anniversary reunion and leading a parade of 50,000 bikers, Leno said he feels fat in Los Angeles, but in Milwaukee with all those bikers, he felt thin.

Leno told the same joke on stage in Milwaukee that weekend and "people laughed at the joke," he said. He was surprised so many people got upset when he repeated the gag on television.

"I was really picking on myself," Leno said. "Most of the guys I saw had a few extra pounds and were in their 40s, like me."