This pretty much sums it up–the state of NBC. Lackluster Olympic coverage, that still somehow boasted incredible ratings, followed by layoffs for staffers of its late night flagship, The Tonight Show. The cutbacks were enough that Jay Leno was willing to step in and take a pay cut in order to keep a few key players in their present positions.
Everyone thought Jay was a bad guy when NBC hosed Conan O’Brien. While Jay could have and should have easily said, “I won’t hose Conan…” it wouldn’t have mattered. They would have found someone else to do the dishonor. Someone else who would take what was then the 25-30 million annually…which will only be a measly 20 million, now. That having been said, Jay did what 99 percent of us would have done. And he has always been one to take care of the staff, even if the studio in charge of production doesn’t.
The powers that be at NBC/Universal are completely out of touch, and unwilling to rely on anything–or anyone–fresh to bring new ideas to the table. To put the network on its head. It’s one thing after another for the network that used to be king of the mountain. Screwing over employees, making crappy TV shows.
What’s next? Who knows. It seems the latest foray into reality, Stars Earn Stripes, is another bomb (no pun intended). Somehow, through it all, The Tonight Show has remained the #1 late night TV program in the United States. And NBC rewards many of the people on board by ganking their job. Just gotta scrap more cream for those at the top. Bonuses. Vacations. Salaries. Pitches for other crap shows. Oh, NBC, what have you become?