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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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31.

Canadasux    

I know $30 million a year is HUGE, but last I heard Letterman was making $42 million a year. So, if Leno is consistently on top of the ratings pile, what does that say about the "suits" who are Leno's bosses? PR*CKS!

693 days ago
32.

Faccia    

Maybe Leno can now be replaced with someone who is actually funny! Why take ambien, just listen to this clown for a few minutes and you'll be fast aslep for hours.

693 days ago
33.

Kelly    

Poor Jay, all that money can't buy him a friend

693 days ago
34.

Joe Smith    

That just shows you what a stand up guy Mr. Leno is! Which unfortunately he rarely gets the credit for! Like he always looks after the parents of the guests even the non famous ones. I don't hear any of the other talk show hosts doing that!

693 days ago
35.

Mary    

All those years, wonder how much money he has? Way too much if you ask me.

693 days ago
36.

MrR    

Easy come ,easy go!

693 days ago
37.

Don Martin    

Seriously people is there a network with NBC's fingers in it that doesn't totally suck? What were they smoking in New Jersey when Comcast jumped out to buy that mess?

693 days ago
38.

Butterfly    

Are they going to blame Ann Curry for this, too???

693 days ago
39.

Snowman with a Turnip Nose    

Don't mess with Jay! He helps me go nighty-night at sleepytime. 45 seconds into his monologue it's "zzzzzzzzzzz".

693 days ago
40.

RD    

Jay Leno is a class act. Hollywood needs more people like him and less people like the un-funny Conan O'Brien. Great job Jay!!

693 days ago
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