The Tonight Show’ Lays Off 20 Staffers And Jay Leno *** Takes Pay Cut To Save Jobs***

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  1. 922Wine

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    http://www.deadline.com/hollywood/

    [h=2]‘The Tonight Show’ Lays Off 20 Staffers And Jay Leno Takes Pay Cut To Save Jobs[/h] By NIKKI FINKE | Friday August 17, 2012 @ 8:45pm PDTTags: Comcast, Conan O'Brien, Jay Leno, NBC, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
    BREAKING… EXCLUSIVE: NBC insiders tell me The Tonight Show went through â€downsizing†today and that 20 staffers lost their jobs. Others tell me the number is more like 25, and producers were forced to take pay cuts or lose their jobs. I’ve also learned that Jay Leno took what is being described as a “tremendous†pay cut to “save as many people’s jobs as he couldâ€. Leno’s Tonight Show is consistently the #1 late night talk show in both households and demographics, except for some anomalies when Leno does get beaten. And that’s despite the factthat the network’s primetime ratings have been dismal for many years or that Leno himself was harshly criticized by the media for that January 2010 standoff with Conan O’Brien. Even so, The Tonight Show has been and still is a cash cow for NBC. So what happened to merit the downsizing? “I don’t think ad sales are off. I just think the people who bought this company, Comcast, wants to go through everything at NBC and get their money back,†an NBC insider tells me. â€It’s hard to go through those kinds of cuts. It’s more a network issue than a late-night issue. And I would say that Jay doesn’t get credit for digging out of a gigantic hole every single night. He’s a very valuable guy to NBC and someday everyone will understand that. He does a great job.â€


    Leno has said publicly that he’s able to bank his entire Tonight Show salary and live on the hefty fees he makes from his hectic personal appearance schedule. Leno’s new salary is reportedly $27M-$30 million a year. He reportedly brings home another $15M-$20M a year from his other gigs. Leno replaced Johnny Carson as host of The Tonight Show in 1992 after having been a regular substitute host since 1987. He “officially†ended hosting of The Tonight Show in 2009 when Conan O’Brien started on June 1st. Leno was going to be paid for all of 2009 by NBC even though he was only working six months of it. When his ratings dipped, O’Brien was asked to move The Tonight Show‘s time slot later to make room for Leno’s return at 11:30 PM. O’Brien refused. NBC gave Conan a $40M payoff (including salaries for his staff) to leave The Tonight Show hosting job which Leno resumed in 2010.
     
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    chapped Well-Known Member

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    when Sirius is taken over.. howard will demand everyone at H100 take a pay cut so that his salary is not affected
     
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    Obi Drunkenobe VIP Extreme Gold

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    I bet Stuttering John is out of a job. To bad it didn't say in the article.
     
  4. Herc

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    Hopefully John saved half his pennies . . .
     
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    Stuttering John is sooooo dumb. If he had just stayed loyal to Howard he could be raking in a big 26k-26.5k a year
     
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    And his wife wouldn't have left him too . . .
     
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    Avery Well-Known Member Banned User

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    What was the pay cut?

    WTF are these other gigs? I never see him doing commercials or standup tours.
     
  8. R.P. McMurphy

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    ...i bet youre right.
    i watched jays opening tonight, he always has funny stuff he does deliver. after the opening i went to letterman who i like much better becase jay is a horrible interviewer. almost as bad and fake as jimmy falon. jimmys talented but he strikes me as a yes man. shit interviewer too.
     
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    If Comcast is really making these kinds of cuts across the board, hopefully it will cut back the salaries of AGT judges to reflect the poor ratings it has delivered this year.
     
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    Jon Hein is God New Member

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    Yeah, but Letterman doesn't work Fridays during the summer.
     
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    ...i ended up really happy i switched over to letterman even tho it was a rerun. i love his wit , timing, hes just f'n funny but tonight i got to see this new singer from seattle on his show.

    [video=youtube;YJzOlK_lX_k]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJzOlK_lX_k[/video]
     
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    I can only imagine how angry howard would be if he had to take a marble pay cut to keep some of his employees.

    Stern would work alone if he could in order to save on marbles.

    It is always about the marbles.
     
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    He is in Las Vegas many weekends.
     
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    you're right. he's basically doing that now.
     
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    fallon is tough to watch, comes off like he worships every commercial his guests make, like a little kid. he thinks hes fuckin cute.

    jimmy kimmell is good.

    the whole format of those tired shows suk.
    have never bothered with the music guests on any of them.
     
  16. stripes

    stripes Active Member Banned User

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    its funny that comcast started with cuts to its biggest money maker. think of the cuts to come for the rest of its lineup.
    its about time tv got back to the real world... i like it.
     
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    NO doubt they ALL already had a paycut with the new "flexible" schedule contract.

    As for Leno
    Does Paid appearance at over $100,000+ each and concerts/shows.

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  18. stripes

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    the money leno must have in the bank
     
  19. Anyonenow

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    Apparantly Comcast is correct!

    He has(had) a staff of almost 200 people.

    Really....200 people to do a 1 hour show?
     
  20. PI Nate

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    what makes you think, taking less for others would even enter his mind? the wig hopes employees leave so he can absorb their salary also...:oy2: