jay leno getty small Jay Leno takes 'Tonight Show' pay cut after over 20 staffers laid offApproximately two dozen staff members at “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” are being laid off after a budget overhaul at NBC — and there would be even more layoffs if it weren’t for Jay Leno himself, who has accepted a significant pay cut in order to spare workers.

According to the LA Times, Leno was earning between $25 million and $30 million per year previously, but will now be earning $20 million to free up budget room for his team. “Jay’s foremost concern is for the wonderful people who work for ‘The
Tonight Show,'” says his rep in a statement. “He did what was necessary to ensure their well-being.”

In addition to Leno, several other staffers with large salaries will be accepting pay cuts for the sake of other staffers. The weekly budget of the show, estimated to be $2.3 million before budget restructuring, is now at $1.7 million.