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‘The Tonight Show’ Lays Off 20 Staffers And Host Jay Leno Takes Pay Cut To Save Jobs
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Posted on 08/18/2012 4:17:07 PM PDT by jakerobins

NBC insiders tell me The Tonight Show went through ”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.

The downsizing also comes just 5 days after First Lady Michelle Obama appeared as a guest for the third time on The Tonight Show: high unemployment, job creation, and taxing the rich vs the poor all are issues in the 2012 president campaign.

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

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


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: layoffs; leno; sourcetitlenoturl
Hmmmm The curse of Moohchelle?? If they come to campaign aronud your town don't let Moochie near your business!
1 posted on 08/18/2012 4:17:18 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: jakerobins
"Leno’s new salary is reportedly $27M-$30 million a year. He reportedly brings home another $15M-$20M a year from his other gigs"

Poor baby. Definitely not one of the ninety-nine percenters. He should vote for Ryan. Then he'd only be paying 1% tax on all that income just like Romney. /sarc

2 posted on 08/18/2012 4:21:12 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: jakerobins

Can’t wait to hear the joke he has on this one.

Har-t-har-har


3 posted on 08/18/2012 4:22:58 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda—Divide and conquer. FREEDOM OR FREE STUFF YOU GET ONE CHOICE CHOOSE WISELY)
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To: Jim Robinson
You left off the /sarc on the /sarc tag. :-D

-PJ

4 posted on 08/18/2012 4:29:15 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too ( It doesn't come naturally when you're not natural born.)
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To: jakerobins

He might have a real audience if he took as many shots at the jug eared jacka$$ as he has taken at Bachmann and Palin.


5 posted on 08/18/2012 4:31:15 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Too many thinking Freepers have left the building...)
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To: jakerobins

Carson may well have been worth something resembling that salary but neither Leno nor Letterman are worth 1% of that.


6 posted on 08/18/2012 4:31:19 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Word Is Out,Harry Reid's Into Child Porn.Release All Your Photos,Harry!)
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To: jakerobins
Did I say 1% ? Should have said .10%
7 posted on 08/18/2012 4:33:15 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Word Is Out,Harry Reid's Into Child Porn.Release All Your Photos,Harry!)
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To: jakerobins
Broadcast TV survives on ad sales.

Obama chokes off the economy via Marxist, dictatorial fiat —> cash sits on the sidelines —> job creators do not start or expand businesses —> fewer products & services are generated —> less advertising at lower rates is purchased from the media —> Leno's staffers are laid off or forced to take pay cuts.

Ya’ think The Chin, a ‘Rat supporter, can connect the dots?

8 posted on 08/18/2012 4:33:57 PM PDT by twister881
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To: jakerobins

Leno couldn’t give up a few more million and saved a few staffer jobs? He’s rolling in the gelt—not that he didn’t work for it but he’s very well compensated.


9 posted on 08/18/2012 4:35:31 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: jakerobins

Comcast is probably preparing for the massive loss of viewer coming this season. “The New Normal” has all the markings of a craptacular. Same for “Animal Practice.” Maybe all the money they borrowed to keep the network alive for that year they gave Leno the primetime 10pm ET slot is coming due.


10 posted on 08/18/2012 4:36:03 PM PDT by JeffChrz (ObamaCare is now ObamaTax. Vote for Romney/Ryan)
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To: jakerobins

Worship of ‘the One’ winds up = Zer0. its the new not-so-fuzzy math. Leno and Oprah were riding the gravy train during the GWB years. Now they are pushing the caboose up the hill living under their King Zer0.


11 posted on 08/18/2012 4:43:56 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: jakerobins

....how’s that “hope and change” working out for NBC?


12 posted on 08/18/2012 4:50:49 PM PDT by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: jakerobins
We used to watch Leno all the time. He cannot bring himself to poke fun at Obama and he is simply not funny about other subjects anymore. Disgruntled Leftists must be writing all the boring ‘jokes’ these days. Not funny!!!
13 posted on 08/18/2012 5:08:27 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: jakerobins

I think Leno’s whole life can be distilled down to this:

“Classic cars for me....not for thee”!

I cannot appreciate them like he can, ergo:

“Electric cars for thee....not for me”!

(I know, he’s dabbled in electric also, but, only for image)


14 posted on 08/18/2012 5:08:37 PM PDT by Puckster
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To: jakerobins

Leno is a stealth lib, and I really don’t give a rats rear end about his issues.


15 posted on 08/18/2012 5:12:08 PM PDT by JohnD9207 (Mitt better grow a pair or this thing will be over soon.)
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To: jakerobins

Maybe he should start done jokes about Our President like he has about all the others........viewers pick up on this stuff


16 posted on 08/18/2012 5:13:16 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: jakerobins

LOL.

Like CNN, maybe Leno can try going Hollywood or something....


17 posted on 08/18/2012 5:13:41 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: jakerobins

Jay’s welcome to his money, but he seems to have a lot of guests who think he should either give it away or they’ll tax it away.


18 posted on 08/18/2012 5:23:56 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: BradyLS

hung on their own petard by their own peeps!


19 posted on 08/18/2012 5:31:01 PM PDT by TsonicTsunami08
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To: jakerobins

My best friend in the 90s worked for Leno (still does as far as I know) and was laid off. He found out and saved her job from the chopping block. His taking a pay cut sounds like Jay - he may be a lib but he does value his employees. He was very well respected when I worked for NBC. Btw, the crew listens to Rush every morning.


20 posted on 08/18/2012 5:58:58 PM PDT by peggybac
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To: Gay State Conservative
Carson may well have been worth something resembling that salary but neither Leno nor Letterman are worth 1% of that.

At one point, Carson's The Tonight Show accounted for 17% of NBC's profits.

Cheers!

21 posted on 08/18/2012 6:04:07 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: peggybac

That was nice of him to do. I bet he does feel bad people were layed off and that is why he took a paycut cut to try to minimize them. I think if he just quit having the Mooch on that would help.


22 posted on 08/18/2012 6:05:00 PM PDT by funfan
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To: jakerobins

Really? Layoffs and pay cuts for Jay? Well, well, well, the lib left and all those who LOVE “making fun” of Pubbies... are now seeing the results of their guy obama. Nice to be all smart aleck when you are in the chips but...now the RICH are feeling the pain... HOW DOES IT FEEL???


23 posted on 08/18/2012 6:11:47 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: tflabo

yes, he DID work for it and he earned it. However, now he is feeling the pinch as are other stars only they won’t admit it but these policies of obama will affect EVERYONE. It’ll just take the SLOWBEES a little time to realize their bank accts and savings accounts and investments are going down.
They’ll have to HANDLE it like the rest of us. OR they might even vote RR without telling anyone.


24 posted on 08/18/2012 6:14:09 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: TsonicTsunami08

BTTT


25 posted on 08/18/2012 6:15:16 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: JeffChrz

Yeah, Comcast knows their huge Olympics audience has already deserted them, and they’re girding for another ratings-challenged season in prime time. Additionally, Comcast is much more focused on containing costs at NBC than GE ever was.

This won’t be the last round of cuts at the “Tonight Show.”


26 posted on 08/18/2012 6:16:32 PM PDT by ExNewsExSpook (uoted)
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To: JeffChrz

The New Normal is an upcoming American television comedy series that is scheduled to premiere on NBC Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30c after the new comedy series Go On, as part of the 2012–13 television season.[1] The network placed a series order in May 2012.[2] The series premiere is scheduled for September 11, 2012.[3]

Premise
Bryan (Andrew Rannells) and David (Justin Bartha) are a happy Los Angeles couple, with successful respective careers. The only thing missing in their relationship is a baby. They meet Goldie (Georgia King), a single Midwestern mother and waitress, who has moved to L.A. with her eight-year-old daughter Shania (Bebe Wood). Jane (Ellen Barkin), Goldie’s mother, follows her family to the city against her daughter’s wishes. Goldie decides to become Bryan and David’s surrogate, which includes her family.[4]

Production company(s)
Ryan Murphy Productions (who made Glee)
20th Century Fox Television


27 posted on 08/18/2012 6:20:24 PM PDT by dennisw (Government be yo mamma - Re-elect Barack Obama)
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To: jakerobins

The only people still watching late night talk shows are people too stupid or too old to learn how to use the internet effectively.


28 posted on 08/18/2012 6:24:09 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: dennisw

Must See TV? Not so much.


29 posted on 08/18/2012 7:19:17 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Word Is Out,Harry Reid's Into Child Porn.Release All Your Photos,Harry!)
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To: blueyon
It's probably a Catch-22. He can't start being balanced because he's lost a large number of non-libs. If he starts making equal opportunity jokes, then he risks losing a good number of libs while not really getting back the non-libs.

At least not in time for the next ratings period.

I was never a Leno fan, but would watch Letterman occasionally. I gave up on Letterman when on the first anni of the 911 attack, he had Bill Clinton as the only guest.

I assume my e-mail to them about my dissatisfaction with CBS/Letterman for inflicting on their viewers, the US individual most responsible for the attacks, was bit-bucketed.

30 posted on 08/18/2012 7:38:25 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Calvin Locke

Years ago I watched Letterman - now can’t stand him. I’ll watch Leno once every two weeks or so. Seems that he pokes at the President quite a bit. The one last night had something like:

“The President is going non-stop in his re-election campaign in order to secure another four years in office. When asked why he felt so strongly about getting re-elected he replied “What? Good luck in me trying to find another job in THIS economy”


31 posted on 08/18/2012 7:52:36 PM PDT by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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To: grey_whiskers
At one point, Carson's The Tonight Show accounted for 17% of NBC's profits.

A master at work

32 posted on 08/18/2012 8:05:10 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: jakerobins
" - - - Leno’s new salary is reportedly $27M-$30 million a year - - - " Should Obama allow Leno to make more money than Bankers and Wall Streeters? Is Leno taking more than his "fair share" of the National Salary Pie? Is Leno taking this money for his own use, while others look for jobs that do not exist? With the Nation's unemployment rate stuck at over 8 %, Leno should give back to Society, and thus help reduce the terrible income inequality that is the curse of a nation striving way to slowly to be equally poor. Leno is a disgrace to other hated millionaires and billionaires! Millionaire Leno has no problem destroying 20 jobs at socially conscious, and very PC, NBC while Dictator Obama has been tirelessly, and selflessly, working at over 200 fund-raising events this year to create more Job, jobs, jobs. It is time Millionaire Leno, to pay back what others have made happen for you. you. Pay what you put in hated banks to the poor huddled masses! Ain't Obamanation GREAT?
33 posted on 08/18/2012 8:32:51 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Traitor John Roberts' Obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND the U.S. Constitution.))
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To: 21twelve

I haven’t watched Leno since 2004. I think all of these late-night guys have lost their mo-jo.


34 posted on 08/18/2012 8:46:51 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: JeffChrz

I would like to know the sponsors of the horrible New Normal show. I intend to let them know that I won’t buy any of their products, and to spread the word to friends and family.

Craptacular is the perfect description for most TV shows these days. If it were not for sports, I would never watch TV.


35 posted on 08/18/2012 8:51:47 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: jakerobins

What about those ass clowns at msNBC? Did they loose some staffers or take some pay cuts? Oh wait those jerks are interns working for the cause of keeping the Dalibama on his throne. They work for free, right? It’s a good thing Mama GE doesn’t pay any taxes or they would have had to dump them all years ago. No loss.


36 posted on 08/18/2012 9:01:10 PM PDT by Harley (Life is Tough, But it's going to get a lot Tougher if you vote for Obama in Nov.)
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To: Bratch

Excellent and he really spanks Grodin. Sorry, Leno didn’t earn it. He lucked into it. He’s barely funny and never really was. Then cable, satellite and the Internet came and people had an alternative.

To think that despite work the next morning people wouldn’t miss Carson.


37 posted on 08/18/2012 9:06:34 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: dennisw

Ellen Barkin - oh, geeze, I bet that’s a hit... /s

Ellen Barkin:

“Well, we’re experiencing divisiveness in terms of our politics. Like, the Religious Right has identified themselves because of the propagandizing and illiteracy of...I don’t know...News Corp, maybe?” Barkin said. “They have identified themselves with this extremist, right-wing insurgency of a party—this Tea Party. They call it a grassroots movement. Grassroots? You’re attached to the wrong ship.”


38 posted on 08/18/2012 9:15:35 PM PDT by kcvl
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Actress Ellen Barkin likes to pose as a thoughtful, sophisticated political pundit on Twitter, but her hate-filled rants keep getting in the way.

Barkin’s latest trash talk involves late Internet guru Andrew Breitbart. Here’s what Barkin had to say about the devoted husband and father of four:

Every1knows Breitbart died from Peruvian Flu *snert* “ Wow really did not know that. Explains the crazy.


39 posted on 08/18/2012 9:19:18 PM PDT by kcvl
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“I love everybody,..except u right wing f**kin morons,” she tweeted.


40 posted on 08/18/2012 9:21:01 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl
‘The Tonight Show’ Lays Off 20 Staffers And Host Jay Leno Takes Pay Cut To Save Jobs

Except for those 20 staffers.
41 posted on 08/18/2012 9:21:46 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: jakerobins

bttt


42 posted on 08/18/2012 9:51:55 PM PDT by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: timestax
JOBS ? You don't need no stinking job !


43 posted on 08/18/2012 9:52:20 PM PDT by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: pepsionice

20+ years ago we watched Letterman every night. Even got tickets for the show - but it was our Honeymoon! But at some point he just started getting more liberal, and making serious comments that were very anti-conservative and I quit watching.


44 posted on 08/19/2012 1:02:02 AM PDT by 21twelve (So I [God] gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own devices. Psalm 81:12)
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To: jakerobins
The more the fool attacks Iain the less adds he will get.
45 posted on 08/21/2012 1:40:23 AM PDT by Domangart
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To: jakerobins
The more the fool attacks Bain the less adds he will get.
46 posted on 08/21/2012 1:40:52 AM PDT by Domangart
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To: 21twelve
Exactly my experience and opinion. When he just did stand-up, and for the first few years after he took over the tonight show, I watched regularly.

Then, he turned sharp left. Have not watched him for many years.

47 posted on 08/21/2012 1:44:48 AM PDT by tdscpa
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