Skip to comments.‘The Tonight Show’ Lays Off 20 Staffers And Host Jay Leno Takes Pay Cut To Save Jobs
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 hes able to bank his entire Tonight Show salary and live on the hefty fees he makes from his hectic personal appearance schedule.
Lenos new salary is reportedly $27M-$30 million a year. He reportedly brings home another $15M-$20M a year from his other gigs
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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
Can’t wait to hear the joke he has on this one.
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.
Carson may well have been worth something resembling that salary but neither Leno nor Letterman are worth 1% of that.
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?
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.
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.
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.
....how’s that “hope and change” working out for NBC?
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)
Leno is a stealth lib, and I really don’t give a rats rear end about his issues.
Maybe he should start done jokes about Our President like he has about all the others........viewers pick up on this stuff
Like CNN, maybe Leno can try going Hollywood or something....
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.
hung on their own petard by their own peeps!
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.
At one point, Carson's The Tonight Show accounted for 17% of NBC's profits.
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.
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???
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.
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.”
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 201213 television season. The network placed a series order in May 2012. The series premiere is scheduled for September 11, 2012.
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.
Ryan Murphy Productions (who made Glee)
20th Century Fox Television
The only people still watching late night talk shows are people too stupid or too old to learn how to use the internet effectively.
Must See TV? Not so much.
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.
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”
I haven’t watched Leno since 2004. I think all of these late-night guys have lost their mo-jo.
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.
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.
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.
Ellen Barkin - oh, geeze, I bet that’s a hit... /s
“Well, were experiencing divisiveness in terms of our politics. Like, the Religious Right has identified themselves because of the propagandizing and illiteracy of...I dont know...News Corp, maybe?” Barkin said. “They have identified themselves with this extremist, right-wing insurgency of a partythis Tea Party. They call it a grassroots movement. Grassroots? Youre attached to the wrong ship.”
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.
“I love everybody,..except u right wing f**kin morons,” she tweeted.
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.
Then, he turned sharp left. Have not watched him for many years.