Sunday, December 02, 2007

Jay Leno's Empty Promises

A couple days after the Writer's Guild went on strike, Jay Leno assured 80 of his non-writing staff that they would not have to worry for a second about their financial situation. Jay even went as far as to say, "I can't get into details, but nobody will miss a car payment or lose their house. We're family. Trust me. I'm going to take care of this." Because of Leno's assurances, many of the non-writing staff members felt safe enough to not bother to look for other work. Leno then very publicly drove amongst the striking writers, and handed out junk food to all the picketers, to show his support for their cause.

Now NBC has informed those same support staffers that they're being laid off and are not making any promises that all or any of them will be rehired once the writer's dispute has been resolved.

David Letterman made the decision to cover his non-writing staff's wages from day one, out of his own pocket. As he has done before, Conan O'Brien has followed in Letterman's footsteps, and agreed to do the very same for his non-striking workers.

Many, if not most, of the picketers make a six figure salary, yet Jay Leno felt the need to buy them food. Leno's non-writing staff are lucky to make a tenth of what top writers make and Jay fed them nothing but lies.

"Thank you all for this strike! I now have more time to work on my exotic car collection."



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