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NBC's 'Tonight Show' Lays Off 20 Employees
Hollywood Reporter ^ | August 17, 2012

Posted on 08/18/2012 12:04:35 PM PDT by SMGFan

Angela Weiss/Getty Images UPDATED: The direct cause is not yet clear, nor are the exact areas of programming that were hit by the downsizing.

NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno has laid off about 20 employees, a network source confirms to The Hollywood Reporter.

The direct cause of the shakeup at NBC's late-night staple is not yet clear, nor are the exact areas of the program that were hit by the downsizing. While the Jay Leno-hosted talker regularly tops the late night ratings, its core audience has aged as competition from such younger-skewing shows as Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report has siphoned away viewers. The move comes as executives at NBC owner Comcast continue to evaluate the assets the company bought in early 2011. THR has reported that Leno is paid approximately $30 million. He last reupped his contract in 2010 after reclaiming the Tonight Show from Conan O'Brien. The show currently employs between 150 and 200 people, according to a network source.

(Excerpt) Read more at hollywoodreporter.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hollywood; layoffs; leno; nbc
How many people do you need NOT to make Obama/ Biden jokes? 150 - 200 each with a specific designated task which no one else is permitted to perform? How many need to folow him for Jay-walking. Process Headlines.
1 posted on 08/18/2012 12:04:43 PM PDT by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

I bet they kept the comedy writers whose specialty is writing anti-Palin jokes.


2 posted on 08/18/2012 12:07:05 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: SMGFan

All he has to do is be truly bipartisan in his jokes. If he truly took on all the sacred liberal cows, along with the conservatives, we could all watch and laugh at ourselves. Liberals are too phony and insecure to laugh at themselves, though, and Jay feels he has to kiss their butts.


3 posted on 08/18/2012 12:08:54 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: SMGFan

Keep praising and sucking up to Obama, Jay.

It’s working well for you /s


4 posted on 08/18/2012 12:13:44 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: SMGFan

Who’s watchin “TV”? anymore. Except for the “weather” now Unreality, which we are turning off too now.


5 posted on 08/18/2012 12:13:44 PM PDT by Varsity Flight (Extortion-Care is the Government Work-Camp: Arbeitsziehungslager)
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To: SMGFan

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno laid off around 20 staff members on Friday, Deadline.com reports.

Some 20 to 25 staff members were laid off this week, with producers on the NBC late-night talk show given the option to take pay cuts or lose their jobs, according to the site. Jay Leno reportedly took a “tremendous” pay cut in an attempt to save jobs. It’s unclear what prompted the layoffs since The Tonight Show regularly beats the other late-night fare in the ratings.

http://www.tvguide.com/News/Jay-Leno-Layoffs-1052082.aspx


6 posted on 08/18/2012 12:13:55 PM PDT by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: SMGFan

No, no, no, you should maintain employees regardless of how worthless they are, or how much money you are losing. Companies exist to hire employees, not make money. It’s the Obama way, don’t you know.


7 posted on 08/18/2012 12:14:16 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: Yaelle
"All he has to do is be truly bipartisan in his jokes."

Actually I think that is what happened. Leno did start joking about the Obama admin a good while back and NOW they are downsizing. Conservatives dropped him long ago and the hardcore Libs are going elsewhere because he actually told jokes about liberals and it pissed them off. (at least that is what I have read on some of the liberal websites I lurk on.)

8 posted on 08/18/2012 12:15:36 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: SMGFan

The private sector is doin’ FINE!


9 posted on 08/18/2012 12:16:55 PM PDT by hollywood (Stay on topic, please.)
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To: SMGFan

The private sector is doin’ FINE!


10 posted on 08/18/2012 12:17:09 PM PDT by hollywood (Stay on topic, please.)
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To: SMGFan

“150 - 200 each with a specific designated task which no one else is permitted to perform?”

Unions, no doubt.


11 posted on 08/18/2012 12:17:47 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Harry Reid [PERVERT-NV] has Vickie-the-goat in lingerie & stiletto heels, tied-up in his office.)
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To: SMGFan

All those far-right entertainment industry moguls are doing their best to increase unemployment and sabotage the Obama economic recovery.

/s


12 posted on 08/18/2012 12:20:45 PM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: Varsity Flight

Television is virtually worthless. A hundred channels of garbage. Much is infomercial. Television news is leftist propaganda. The science channels rely heavily on envirowackoism. The history channels are all UFO and pawn stars. If it weren’t for sports and TCM (bless their leftist little heads), I put the TV by the curb.


13 posted on 08/18/2012 12:21:15 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: SMGFan

There’s got to be more to this, like runaway expenses or something. Viewership is as good as anything’s going to get.

http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/08/02/late-night-tv-ratings-for-the-week-of-july-23-27-2012/143761/

...For the week, “Tonight” topped the time-period competition of CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman” and ABC’s combination of “Nightline” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in 18-49 and total viewers and delivered bigger audiences than “Late Show” in every key ratings category: adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, plus total viewers...


14 posted on 08/18/2012 12:23:02 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: SMGFan

No one should be on TV for more than a year.

It sucks seeing the same faces year after year, decade after decade.

It’s actually depressing.


15 posted on 08/18/2012 12:28:03 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Siri says: Romney never met a homosexual he didn't like.)
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To: jjotto

and ratings should increase following Labor Day as students return to school and the liberals tune in for the jokes.


16 posted on 08/18/2012 12:32:40 PM PDT by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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A good start......


17 posted on 08/18/2012 12:34:16 PM PDT by Godwin1
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To: fhayek
I am sick of all the crap side of life being show as normal on TV. OK to be queer, OK to be with a another race and have mixed up children. Sick of making sport of Christan folks and having to see the sick side of commies.
18 posted on 08/18/2012 12:37:49 PM PDT by tiger63
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To: SMGFan

The Tonight Show died with Carson...NBC has descended into nothing but clueless Obama mouthpieces...karma...everything they touch now(like The Weather Channel)turns to sh t.


19 posted on 08/18/2012 12:39:03 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery, IXNAY THE TSA!)
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To: SMGFan

I used to check out the late-night shows for decades, bouncing back and forth between all of them, to varying degrees. But after Obama was elected, and they just kept on making vile Bush and Palin jokes while continuing to deify Obama, I got pretty soured on them. Then, Letterman made that rape joke about Palin’s 13-year-old daughter, and followed it a few days later with that smart-aleck ‘non-apology’ of his. That was it for me. I’ve never watched a single solitary minute of ANY of the late-night talk shows ever since. I excised them entirely from my life. All of them.


20 posted on 08/18/2012 12:39:17 PM PDT by greene66
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To: greene66

I only watch Johnny Carson reruns.


21 posted on 08/18/2012 12:47:21 PM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: greene66

“I used to check out the late-night shows for decades, bouncing back and forth between all of them, to varying degrees. But after Obama was elected, and they just kept on making vile Bush and Palin jokes while continuing to deify Obama,”

Yep.


22 posted on 08/18/2012 12:55:47 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: SMGFan

Wealthy liberal Leno gets richer while workers lose their jobs. Jay is a good progressive.


23 posted on 08/18/2012 12:58:03 PM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Fun for women ages 21 through 35)
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To: SMGFan
How come NBC doesn't just ‘spread some wealth’ from its Lenos to its newly laid-off? Can't they practice what their chosen one preaches?
24 posted on 08/18/2012 12:58:52 PM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: SMGFan
Draconian cuts of middle class folks to benefit billionaires.
25 posted on 08/18/2012 1:06:31 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Fakistan)
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To: SMGFan
There is only one late-night show that I'm a fan of and it's Saturday Night Live. They seem to at least make an effort to be bipartisan in their humor and the quality of their skits have been maintained at a high level over the years. I think their secret is that it's filmed live, as it happens. Even when the skits bomb or fall flat, the fact that it's live TV makes it fun to watch.

Through Netflix, I've been watching the early shows again and I'm amazed how after 37 years, it continues on with the same producer (Lorne Michaels) as such a high level. The show is also like a time capsule. It's so topical that if you watch, say, a 1977 show and weren't around at the time, you won't get half the jokes because you had to actually be in that time and place to get them.

My only real beef with SNL is that their musical guests almost always suck. Lorne Michaels might have a genius for comedy but has awful taste in music. But that gives me time to go to the kitchen and fix a late night sandwich.

Johnny Carson was okay but his show dragged most nights as he usually had boring-as-hell guests (Tony Randall for instance) and I never got the Ed McMahon thing - that guy always irritated me with his sycophant chuckling.

Jay Leno could have been great and I get the impression he might be a closet conservative, but his political correctness and his reluctance to use liberal sacred cows as a source for his comedy makes him rather dull to watch.

26 posted on 08/18/2012 1:10:52 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: greene66
I’ve never watched a single solitary minute of ANY of the late-night talk shows ever since.

Same here. They are not funny anymore

27 posted on 08/18/2012 1:24:49 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: South40
How about those shows are just plain boring. Would rather watch re-runs of any show on satellite. None of those dip sticks are funny.....
28 posted on 08/18/2012 1:36:30 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: RckyRaCoCo
The Tonight Show died with Carson...

Yes it did.

My favorite:

"Siss, boom, baa. What does and exploding sheep sound like?

29 posted on 08/18/2012 1:46:49 PM PDT by mc5cents
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To: SMGFan
LOL, that old NBC *magic* at work again.
To be honest, I can't think of the last time I watched anything on NBC.
30 posted on 08/18/2012 1:47:03 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: mc5cents

“No can do... What do you look for when tracking a nocan?”


31 posted on 08/18/2012 1:53:35 PM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: SMGFan

Regardless of what you think of Jay Leno’s show, the man is a mensch.


32 posted on 08/18/2012 2:11:49 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: SMGFan

Karnak could have seen this coming —


33 posted on 08/18/2012 2:13:32 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: jjotto

NBC has two bulletproof assets: the most successful late-night franchise in history, “The Tonight Show,” and the most successful morning show: “The Today Show.”

Their primetime lineup, however, is a shambles, so the new owners, Comcast, is cleaning house all around.

Comcast fired Keith Olbermann off his low-rated MSNBC show the day Congress approved the sale. Incompetent network head Jeff Zucker soon followed.

Now Comcast wants to see if Leno’s show can pull in the same ratings with fewer employees. If the numbers slip, they’ll be hired back.

Comcast is not gonna risk damaging the most successful late-night franchise in TV history, now that even the morning “Today” show is starting to slip.

Watch for Matt Lauer’s exit from “Today” in 2013.

Leno stays till he decides to retire.


34 posted on 08/18/2012 2:14:51 PM PDT by Blue Ink
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35 posted on 08/18/2012 3:04:26 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: Blue Ink
If the numbers slip, they’ll be hired back.

HaHaHaHaha

36 posted on 08/18/2012 3:20:15 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: SMGFan

My first best guess is that they are laying off these employees so that they can keep the “precious” employees on their “precious” news shows which are whirling around the toilet. Since Leno is late night, they don’t much care about the ratings then.


37 posted on 08/18/2012 4:20:57 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: goat granny

Right you are GG! How have you been? :-)


38 posted on 08/19/2012 12:49:19 AM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: South40

Doing well all things considered...Hope you and yours are doing fine also. :O)


39 posted on 08/19/2012 9:34:23 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: mc5cents

Carson had some talented people working for him..bet a lot were conservative that the industry won’t hire anymore..PC you know..


40 posted on 08/19/2012 9:39:00 AM PDT by goat granny
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