Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Late Night TV Changes Lead to NBC Lay Offs

As the changing of the guard takes place at The Tonight Show, NBC lays off the 164 employees who work for Jay Leno. The show is moving back to New York, and Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show starts on Monday, February 17. The show has not been based out of New York since 1972. The 164 employees are encouraged to apply for other positions with NBC. Fallon's inaugural guests will be Will Smith and U2. He will get paid $12 million per year, while Leno made $15 million. Ironically, the highest paid late night host is on basic cable. Jon Stewart makes $25-$30 million per year hosting Comedy Central's The Daily Show, according to TV Guide. Seth Meyers' late night show will premiere the night of February 24, after Fallon's program. His first guest will be fellow Saturday Night Live alum Amy Poehler. NBC has a legacy for the 12:35 am time slot dating back to the 1970's and Seth Meyers will become the fifth person to host a show in that time period. The 12:35 am time slot on NBC has been occupied by Tom Snyder (The Tomorrow Show), Late Night with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

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