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US TV host Jay Leno has taken a pay cut to save the jobs of other members of staff working on the popular late night talk show The Tonight Show.

Some 20 staff reportedly lost their jobs on Friday, as broadcaster NBC moves to reduce the show’s costs.

“Jay’s foremost concern is for the wonderful people who work with him at The Tonight Show,” said Bruce Bobbins, a spokesman for Leno.

Reports suggest his salary will drop by more than $5 million to $20m.

“He did what was necessary to ensure their well-being,” said Mr Bobbins.

Leno’s current salary is between $25 million and $30 million (£16-19m), and it is understood he volunteered to take a pay cut if it would save some jobs.

Reports suggest his annual pay will now be closer to $20 million . He reportedly brings home another $15-$20m annually through personal appearances as a stand-up comedian.

Other senior staff on The Tonight Show are also believed to have agreed to pay cuts.

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