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'Tonight Show'

20 Staffers Get

The Boot

8/18/2012 5:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" is suffering some major setbacks -- 20 staffers were just canned from the show and even the big man himself had to take a pay cut ... this according to reports.

The firing of staff members was a decision made by Comcast -- the company that owns NBC -- while they try to assess the value of their investment, says The Hollywood Reporter.

In light of the firings, it was reported that even Leno himself took a huge pay cut from his reported $30 million salary to try and save as many jobs as possible. Leno has said for years he banks his salary from NBC and lives off the money he makes from his busy personal appearance schedule. 

"The Tonight Show" is consistently on top in the ratings, though its audience does tend to skew older.

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Phishie from Philly    

What do you expect! Jay had to buy a new car.
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Phishie from Philly

762 days ago
2.

Birdsht    

Oh how noble of him. Just a snake. I havent watched since he pulled his Conan indian giving stunt. F Jay Leno, unfunny hack. Couldnt cut his pay enough to save the 20 staffers though... Big surprise. It would effect him in no way to have paid for all of them and still banked 20m a year.

762 days ago
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sptaz99    

Maybe next time he interview Mooooochelle or the President he will actually ask pointed questions about the economy and job creation, instead of what pudding flavor they prefer!!

762 days ago
4.

luckycat    

PROOF THE OBAMAS DESTROY JOBS.

PINK SLIPS WHEREVER THEY GO.

762 days ago
5.

Jesse Harvey     

Wow ....all that dough ....jay is getting old

762 days ago
6.

Maria    

Jay Leno and Dave Letterman both old, fat, ugly, and both waaaaay past their time, kinda like Regis Philbin and Oprah; you gotta shove them out the door. You've had your chance now move on and let some new fresh young revelent hosts take over.

762 days ago
7.

LOL    

Looking forward to tonight and tommarrow seeing him here in Pebble for the auctions and car show- plenty of $$$ here to support our economy!

762 days ago
8.

your own luck    

I don't understand how anyone can watch Leno. I have never thought he was funny and he is really good at screwing over others like Dave and Conan.

762 days ago
9.

shewentwhoa    

Karma Jay, Karma. I bet Conan is laughing is butt off now.

762 days ago
10.

Angela    

Does anybody still watch this cr*p? Someone should give fat ugly Jay the boot.

762 days ago
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static    

As if Jay doesn't have enough pull to save those 20 jobs that fat toad only cares about himself. I haven't cared for him since he screwed Conan.

762 days ago
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Observer999    

C'mon, TMZ... are you innumerate, too??? Let's say those 20 people made $100,000 each. All Jay would have to do is give up $2 million in salary, dropping all the way down to $28 million to save EVERY job. So, clearly, he didn't give up much...

762 days ago
13.

S    

Typical the 1% and the mega corporations they run. So Comcast is making Billions, NBC is Making Billions, According to the Republicans these multi-billion dollar companies and their multi-million CEO's with all the tax breaks are the job creators.. What effing BS. Screw the 1%, the no talent, privileged, turds.

762 days ago
14.

TheMachine1    

Talks shows are a boring dead format.

762 days ago
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fstblk    

NBC acts like they're afraid to have a hit on their hands. Everytime something good comes on they cancel it. Been going on for years.No wonger $$ is low.

762 days ago
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