Friday, May 24, 2013
Friday's show turned into fright night for the Tonight Show. After suffering from shows like ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report siphoning off younger viewers, NBC and Jay Leno had to take drastic measures to keep the show on the air. Everything at the network needed to be streamlined due to the recent Comcast acquisition of the network, so 20 to 25 staffers were given their walking papers, according to RadarOnline.com. It could've been a lot worse, but Leno himself stepped up and took a "tremendous" pay cut to keep more people on the payroll. Don't feel too sorry for the bighearted host - he's still making $27 million a year, plus up to $15 million for other appearances. The Tonight Show is still lucrative for the network, bringing in plenty of ad dollars, but its audience is aging.