The layoffs, which were first reported in the Burbank Leader, involve primarily production-based jobs and were not a surprise. Last May, NBC announced that Leno would leave "The Tonight Show" after 22 years (minus a few months when
The layoffs are expected to be staggered and will take place between Feb. 14 and April 4. Leno's last episode of "The Tonight Show" will be next Thursday. Fallon's first episode from New York City will be on Feb. 17.
Affected staffers have been encouraged to apply for other positions within the company, including Fallon's East Coast version of the show.
"The Tonight Show" debuted in New York City in 1954 with Steve Allen as host.
It isn't the first time the show has seen layoffs in recent years. Back in 2012, dipping ratings and the changing economics of the TV business led to around 20 staffers getting laid off and Leno getting his estimated $26-million-a-year salary cut by 10%.