posted on Aug, 19 2012 @ 12:02 PM
The Tonight Show cuts staff; Leno trims pay
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — "The Tonight Show" has laid off about two dozen workers, prompting host Jay Leno to accept a pay cut to spare other
staffers as NBC clamps down on expenses.
Leno had been making between $25 million to $30 million annually as the host of "The Tonight Show." His salary will be reduced to about $20 million
after making the job-saving concessions. Leno also brings in substantial income touring as a stand-up comedian.
"Jay's foremost concern is for the wonderful people who work with him at 'The Tonight Show,'" said Bruce Bobbins, a spokesman for Leno. "He did
what was necessary to ensure their well-being."
This (to me) is a shining example of looking out for the little guy. A $5 million dollar reduction in salary (voluntarily no less) to prevent more
staff from being reduced due to corporate derived budget cuts says a lot about Jay Leno's character imo.
In the days of corporate greed and the almighty dollar, stories like this are few and far between (at least reported anyway) so it does seemingly
leave a small sliver of hope that there is indeed still a few genuine and caring folks in the world that aren't fully engrossed in their own
Of course he does still pull in $25 million annually even after the cut (not counting income outside of "The Tonight Show"). I for one have a very
difficult time understanding why celebrities earn the amount of income they do, when say...people who risk their lives in various public service
occupations make chump change in comparison.
Despite what his true intent may or may not have been by taking this salary reduction, all in all Mr. Leno should be commended (imo) because he (for
one and on the surface) was actually thinking about others way of life and not just his own. Most people would only take a pay cut because they are
forced to, usually in order to maintain their current position. However, not very often does one hear of this occurring for the sake of someone