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Monday, August 20th, 2012

Despite a "Tremendous" Pay Cut for Jay Leno, 20+ 'Tonight Show' Employees Lost Their Jobs

Right when The Tonight Show's opening theme kicked in Friday night, at 11:30pm, reports started coming out about firings. Somewhere around 20-25 staffers were let go of their jobs. Leno is reported to have taken a "tremendous" pay cut to "save as many people’s jobs as he could." Leno salary is about $27-30 million, so "tremendous" is all relative. The reason for these cuts seems to be "more a network issue than a late-night issue." The Tonight Show is still the top-rated late night program, which is doubly impressive when you consider it has a MUCH worse lead-in than Letterman and Kimmel. Comcast, however, as the relatively new boss, is in the business of examining all costs. As someone close to the situation told Deadline: "I don’t think ad sales are off. I just think the people who bought this company, Comcast, want to go through everything at NBC and get their money back." Classic Kabletown.

  • Rey

    20 staffers, at let's say $50,000 per year, would be $1,000,000. Leno's paycut could have saved them all, and still only hit him by about 5% of his salary.

  • Barrie Jones

    The suggestion was that when The Jay Leno Show hit primetime, the budget went up to that of a primetime show, when they took everyone back to late night, the budget wasn't decreased until now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Clayterman/100003738386730 Andrew Clayterman

    As lame and unfunny as his show has gotten, the quality can't get anything but better.