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NBC Confirms Jay Leno Took $15 Million Pay Cut To Save Tonight Show Jobs

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This probably won't make Howard Stern stop trashing him on the radio, but NBC has confirmed that Tonight Show host Jay Leno took a 50% pay cut to protect his staff from inevitable layoffs.

Between 20 and 25 employees lost their jobs at the late-night talk show last month, but the bloodbath could have been a lot worse because Leno gave up $15 million for the people working behind the scenes!

That's pretty admirable if you ask us considering Comcast slashed the $100 million budget by about 20%. That means 15% came from Leno's paycheck alone!

Despite the harsh treatment from his employers, however, the comedian has extended his contract to run through 2014.

Stern, one of Leno's biggest critics, had said that his "bullshit meter is going off all over the place" after he heard the television personality took a pay cut for his staff's jobs. It looks like that meter isn't always reliable!

Do U think the America's Got Talent judge will offer up an apology?

We don't either. Ha!

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12 comments to “NBC Confirms Jay Leno Took $15 Million Pay Cut To Save Tonight Show Jobs”

  1. SuzieQ says – reply to this


    Good on him. The 1% helping out the 99%. You don't see this too often.

  2. 2

    As Clinton says: It's arithmetic! And this doesn't work out. $15 million to save 25 jobs? That means these people are each making $600,000 a year. Really? I agree with Stern. Bullsh1t!

  3. Johnny says – reply to this


    Um… if he didn't take the paycut, then he wouldn't get the other 50% (another 15mil) at all as the show would likely have to shut down if they had no staff!!! He only did himself a favour.

  4. 4

    Really nice of him but I have to agree, that is a lot of money to save 25 jobs.

  5. blahhh says – reply to this


    I don't get where people are getting the information that the $15 million was used to save 25 jobs. Its says that 20 to 25 people lost their jobs. It could have been worse if Leno hadn't taken a pay cut. Therefore we don't know how many jobs his $15 million saved. Reading comprehension anyone?

  6. 6

    I don't find him funny, but what a admirable thing to do

  7. fergie_beat_mario's_a says – reply to this


    I have just slightly more respect for Stern then I do you Mario. Like you he is a loud mouth Dickhead

  8. val says – reply to this


    Howard Stern looks like Bullshit .. Leno has always been all class. He walks simple neighborhoods in Burbank always talking to people and making them feel important. Dick head Letterman who sleeps with women that work with him so htey can keep their jobs with the bedroom he's got at the studio is a best friend to Howard Stern to critique together as ugly as they both afre combined, saying horible lies about Leno. At least Letterman got his teeth capped to get rid of the space, had his face lifted and either had a hair transplant or had it put on … Letterman and Stern would have made a great gay couple of whores wth sores… they are the lower lives who should be together ..Leno would only help to keep the guys on his show working and he likes his work and we love him. WE LOVE LENO .. NEVER WATCH OR HEAR LETTERMAN OR STINKY STERN whose wife married him for his money while his other wife was sick of him … well we are too .. Shut your ugly gums Stern and pervert Letterman, screw you lower and less funny guy than Leno .. No Dave you weren't picked for the NBC show to take over for Carson . none of us wanted you .. don't you get it ? Jay Leno has been number one top late night showe for almost as long as you've been cheating with women and putting them under the gun when they were working for you .. scumbucket guys .. Leno is the finest !!

  9. 9

    Maybe it was a network penalty for not being funny to anyone under age 87. However, I can't really say because I stopped watching him pander to famous people years ago.

  10. 10

    Why on earth would I believe ANYTHING NBC says?

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