164 Employees to be Laid off During ‘The Tonight Show’ Transition
According to the Huffington Post, all 164 employees of The Tonight Show are being laid off due to the transition from filming the show in Burbank, California, to New York in February. Jay Leno, the host of The Tonight Show for the past 22 years, is now handing the hosting responsibilities over to Jimmy Fallon, who is based in New York.
Layoffs were predicted along with the transition. However, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Leno noted that he is departing the show six months earlier than intended so that Fallon can take over the show during the Winter Olympics. Leno was aware that this would negatively impact the production employees, so he was insistent that the crew be paid for those six months. NBCUniversal agreed to the request.
The Burbank Leader reports that an NBCUniversal spokesperson has said that the employees affected by the layoff should apply for other positions within the company, including those jobs available in New York at The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.