Entries in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (4)


Report: Leno Chopped Salary in Half to Tighten Belts at "Tonight Show"

Kevin Winter/Tonight Show/Getty Images for The Tonight Show(NEW YORK) -- Jay Leno agreed to a pretty big hit in some austerity measures aimed at The Tonight Show -- to the tune of half his salary, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

It had widely been reported that The Tonight Show with Jay Leno recently laid off about 20 staffers and Leno himself took a pay cut, but just how deep the scissors cut wasn't known until now. 

The Journal says Leno agreed to a $15 million a year cut in an effort to trim the show's budget and save other jobs.  At the same time, Leno re-upped his contract to stay with the show for another two years.

Leno's new salary will be $15 million a year, the paper notes; his halving his annual paycheck reportedly slashed the show's budget by 20 percent.

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During 'Tonight Show' Appearance, Mel Gibson Unapologetic About Rant 

Mike Marsland/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Mel Gibson was unapologetic during his appearance on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Friday about the recording of his tirade against Showgirls screenwriter Joe Eszterhas, who had been hired to write Gibson's now-in-limbo project The Maccabees.

However, Gibson was all smiles as a guest on The Tonight Show.  He joked, "You know, I love coming to The Tonight Show because when I get here and you tape me, you let me know you're going to do that up front!"

He added, "Maybe you don't know this about me, but I've got a little bit of a temper." Gibson was referring to the recording of his rant that Eszterhas made unbeknownst to him during a stay in Costa Rica in December.  Eszterhas reportedly failed to produce an acceptable script, and then the gossip site The Wrap published a nine-page letter from the writer in which he accused Gibson of using anti-Semitic remarks throughout his work, among other things. Gibson admitted he lost his temper, but denied the anti-Semitic accusations.

Gibson explained his side of the story to Jay Leno.  He said, "The guy writes a nine-page letter ... if he put half as much time and effort and creativity and imagination into a screenplay, which he was supposed to write, as he did into that letter ... we wouldn't be having this conversation." Gibson added, "It's kind of like you build a house, you hire a guy to put a roof on it. He comes over and talks about the roof and then you get rained on all night."

Saying he felt justified in his actions, Gibson noted, "A guy tapes you in your own home ... when did it come to the place where you can't blow off steam in your own home?"  It appears this feud isn't over yet.

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Jay Leno Jokes about S&P, Country's Financial Woes

Kevin Winter/Tonight Show/Getty Images for The Tonight Show(BURBANK, Calif.) -- Wall Street investors weren’t laughing Monday when they watched the Dow Jones Industrial Average nose dive 634 points in reaction to the downgrading of the U.S. credit rating by Standard & Poor's, but Jay Leno found humor in the financial mess on The Tonight Show.

Leno joked, “Standard & Poor’s has warned there’s a one-in-three chance we could be downgraded again in the next three years.  We could go from AA-plus to FU.”

Leno also joked that “Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner had suggested he might be leaving and getting a job in the private sector, but thanks to his economic policies there are no jobs in the private sector.”

Need more proof things are tough?  Leno added, “The economy is so bad, Angelina Jolie is now adopting kids from America.”

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President Roseanne Barr? Comic Announces White House Run

Paul Drinkwater/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Roseanne Barr, during an appearance Thursday night on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to plug her new Lifetime reality series, the comic announced she’s running for president.

Barr proclaimed, “I am running for president of the United States.”  Barr told Leno she was “totally serious” and wants to participate in the debates, adding “I want to represent the taxpayer.  In fact, I’m choosing the taxpayers as my vice president.”

When Leno asked Barr if she was running as a Democrat or Republican, the former self-titled sitcom stars replied, “I’m not for either party because they both suck and they’re both a bunch of criminals. So I made up my own party. It’s the Green Tea Party.”

Entertainment Weekly reports the first episode of Roseanne’s Nuts, which follows Barr as she runs a Hawaiian nut farm, attracted an impressive 1.6 million viewers a few weeks ago, but the audience for the latest installment dropped to 785,000.

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