Matt Lauer would like to remind you it’s every man for himself…
It seems crew and staff at NBC aren’t feeling too rosy about Matt Lauer (does anyone anymore?) as calls for him to take a pay cut from his $30 million annual salary are being met with resistance whilst as many 500 individuals fear for their jobs as NBC is looking to save money on its operations pursuant to a ratings slump that many feel Matt Lauer has helped cause.
With some employees having already received their pink slip as early as this Monday, calls for Matt Lauer have gone unheeded, with some hoping that he would be as benevolent as Jay Leno who volunteered to take a pay cut on the Tonight show after it was revealed earlier last month that NBC were trying to save money in their entertainment division pursuant to less than robust income than initially anticipated.
Told a source to RadarOnline: ‘It’s only a matter of time before job cuts are made in the NBC news division, which includes the Today show.
‘Staffers are convinced there will be significant job losses because of the cost-cutting measures that are being done across the board by Comcast, which now owns a majority stake in NBC.
‘The crew believes that some of the potential cuts could be avoided if Matt agreed to a pay cut. His salary is a whopping $30 million dollars a year, and it’s seriously crippling the show.
‘But he has made it pretty clear that he won’t take a pay decrease, so instead the staffers are in line for the chop.’
Hmm, so much for being a team player. Then again NBC and Matt Lauer did agree on a contract and by rights Matt Lauer shouldn’t have to be asked to be the fall guy as one can assume on the flip had NBC’s income this year being extraordinary that they in turn would not have turned around and offered him another stack of money even if Matt Lauer could be said to have helped produce that extra income.
Yet the real problem here is Matt Lauer is seen by many as having precipitated the loss in viewership with his behind the scenes involvement with getting rid of his previous co anchor, Ann Curry which led to a wide viewer exodus on the show and by extension a loss of revenue directly correlated to Matt Lauer.
Reports the UK’s dailymail: Two months ago, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno eliminated about two dozen of its crew in an effort to reduce the late-night program’s budget.
Leno took a voluntary 50 per cent pay cut, which single-handedly slimmed the show’s overall budget by 20 per cent. Even with this, 20 staff members lost their jobs.