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REPORT: LENO’S PAY WAS CUT IN HALF

September 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Jay Leno did not take a 10-percent cut in pay last month from around $33 million to $30 million as was widely reported. According to today’s (Friday) Wall Street Journal, he took a 50 percent cut in pay to $15 million per year, a figure confirmed by NBC. At the same time, Leno, who has […]

KIMMEL ON LENO: “F*** HIM!”

August 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The late-night wars may become more heated in January when ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel goes head-to-head against NBC’s Jay Leno at 11:35 p.m. nightly. Interviewed by the New York Times‘s media writer Bill Carter at a public forum in New York Monday night, Kimmel said that the proudest moment of his career came when he appeared […]

LENO RESPONDS TO BUDGET CUTS — IN HIS MONOLOGUE

August 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Jay Leno responded Tuesday to reports that NBC has steeply cut the budget of the Tonight show and that Leno himself had offered to take a cut in pay of as much as 25 percent to prevent further cuts. Nevertheless, some 25 staff members of the show are expected to be pink-slipped. Leno tackled the […]

LENO AND TONIGHT: BACK TO 2009

August 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

For Jay Leno and the Tonight show, it must have seemed like 2009 all over again. That was the year that NBC decided to move him into primetime as it turned Tonight over to Conan O’Brien. Leno reportedly got a hefty raise — to $25 million — when that occurred, and he also was able […]

NIGHTLINE BEATS LENO, LETTERMAN IN MAY SWEEPS

June 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

The late-night race remained tight during the May sweeps, but ABC’s Nightline once again eked out a victory over NBC’s Tonight show with Jay Leno and CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman for the second May sweeps period in a row. The ABC news program averaged 3.88 million viewers, with Tuesday’s edition (following the finale […]

ABC’S NIGHTLINE REMAINS NO. 1 IN LATE-NIGHT

March 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Among the late-night shows, ABC’s Nightline remained the top-rated show for the third week in a row among both total viewers and those 25-54, the key demographic group for advertisers during the late-night periods. Nightline counted 3.80 million total viewers of which 1.49 million were in the 25-54 age group. NBC’s The Tonight Show was […]

BRITISH MP’S CONDEMN LENO’S GOLDEN TEMPLE JOKE

January 27, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

The international furor over Jay Leno’s use of a photo of a Hindu shrine in India for a gag about Mitt Romney’s wealth last week shows little sign of abating. On Thursday it reached the British parliament, with Labor Party MPs Virendra Sharma and John McDonnell introducing a motion asking the government to express “concern […]

SUIT TARGETS LENO FOR SIKH JOKE

January 25, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Sikh outrage over a joke in a Jay Leno monologue last week in which he showed a photo of the Sikh shrine, the Golden Temple of Amritsar, and referred to it as “Mitt Romney’s summer home on Lake Winnipesaukee,” escalated on Tuesday as an Indian-American, Dr. Randeep Dhillon, filed a lawsuit against Leno, saying that […]

INDIA PROTESTS LENO GAG

January 24, 2012 by · 4 Comments 

Among the deeply devout, humor and religion do not intermix. (About the only religious figure depicted as laughing or even smiling in religious iconography is Buddha.) Jay Leno is the latest to learn that lesson as the government of India formally lodged a complaint about a gag that was included in his Tonight show monologue […]

LENO AND LETTERMAN TAKE BIG RATINGS HITS

September 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It was not an auspicious start-of-the-season week for either Jay Leno or David Letterman. With DVR use way up and more and more viewers watching shows via cable’s on-demand technology or via Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services, or catching hipper, less restricted hosts on cable, like Jon Stewart and Conan O’Brien, the two late-night […]

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