Talk-show host Jay Leno stepped up to the plate this weekend, saying he will use his own money to pay, for at least this week, the 80 non-writing employees of "The Tonight Show" who were laid off by NBC Friday. Staffers blasted Leno when they were pink-slipped for assuring them earlier that their jobs were safe despite the writers' strike. Other late-night hosts had already agreed to pay workers out-of-pocket before layoffs were announced.
David Letterman, whose company produces "The Late Show With David Letterman" and "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson," has committed to paying both staffs through the end of the year. Conan O'Brien has said he will on a week-to-week basis.