Posted by Media Outrage on November 15th, 2007
“The writers’ strike is no laughing matter for Jay Leno and David Letterman — especially when it comes to their wallets.
It is costing the late night talk show hosts a reported $100,000 a night.
Leno, 57, and Letterman, 60, have not received a paycheck from their networks — NBC and CBS, respectively — since the strike started November 5, New York Post quotes TV industry sources as saying.In the first nine days of the strike, they have each lost a total of more than $700,000, according to the Post. (They are not paid on the weekends.)
Leno, host of The Tonight Show, earns around $27 million a year, while Letterman, host of Late Show with David Letterman, rakes in a reported $31.5 million.
Letterman is continuing to pay his production staff, the Post reports, though it remains unclear how long that will continue. Meanwhile, NBC officials said they may layoff non-writing staffers by the end of the week.”
That’s real money right there….