NBC Tonight Show cuts 20 staff jobs, Jay Leno to cut pay, reports say

By on Aug 18, 2012 in Entertainment, Television, United States Comments

NBC‘s Tonight Show is being set to cut 20 staff jobs, and its host Jay Leno will have a pay cut in an attempt to “save as many people’s jobs as he could,” with the show notably still bringing a steady and dependable income for the network.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
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According to Deadline on Friday, August 17, 2012, NBC insiders said that The Tonight Show with Jay Leno went through “downsizing” that day and that 20 staffers have lost their jobs; and that the figure could even reach to more than 25.

“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,” The NBC insider was quoted telling to Nikki Finke of Deadline.com, with Leno‘s new salary reportedly reduced to $27M-$30 million a year.

“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.” The insider added.

Leno, 62, began hosting Tonight Show in 1992, replacing Johnny Carson, but he was replaced by Conan O’Brien in 2009. He had a primetime talk show, also at NBC that same year, titled The Jay Leno Show. The show was cancelled in February 2010, and he returned to host The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in March 2010 up to present.

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