November 30, 2007 / Posted by: Michael K
120 non-striking employees of "The Tonight Show" were laid off today and given an early Christmas bonus. TMZ reports that employees were told they would get a bonus of $100 for every year they've been with the show, but some didn't even get that. The show has been dark since November 5th when the strike started and NBC has been covering since then
. Employees don't even know if they will have a job once the strike ends. They were told, “If your services are needed, we will contact you.”
Conan O'Brien however will dipped into his own pockets to pay for the salaries of around 75 non-striking employees next week. Conan and Jay both don't own their shows. NBC does. David Letterman's production company is continuing to pay the salaries of his employees, but Letterman owns his own show.
Carson Daly crossed the picket lines and his show started up again. He said he only did so, because if he didn't 75 percent of his staff would lose their jobs.
Why couldn't Jay just sell 20 of his 10,000 cars and cover his staff for the rest of the month? At least until Christmas! Bah, humbug!