Sarah Symonds, an author and radio show host who obtains a studio pass to have her hair styled by Thompson, agreed.
Symonds, from London, said her five years of studio salon visits have offered the allure of the old and the new Hollywood. "You experience the history as well as the present, from Jack Benny to Teri Hatcher or whoever is working here," she said.
She described the shuttering of the Stage One Salon as a reflection of the entertainment industry. "When you're wanted, you're in. And it's so fickle that when you're not, you're out in two minutes," Symonds said.
The shop closure will also affect hairstylist Marisa Rose and manicurist D.J. Bosco.
Bosco said a series of ownership changes has reshaped the Universal Studios culture, making the lot "more corporate, more businesslike," where some workers are leery of taking a half-hour break to get a manicure or pedicure.
NBC Universal officials said the planned renovation and expansion of Stage One will convert it into a modern broadcast facility. Although the relocation of "The Tonight Show" from its Burbank studio to Universal Studios has been widely rumored on and off the lot, no decision has been made.
"It will be built for a live audience. But it's not been decided officially what shows will be there," NBC Universal spokeswoman Hilary Smith said Wednesday from New York.
As for Thompson, he's resigned to his fate. He said Universal officials could not find an alternate spot for him on the lot.
"I'm hoping we get some kind of call from the governor and it's going to be like 'It's a Wonderful Life' at the end and all our clients are standing out there saying, 'Oh God! You get to stay!' " he said.
"But I don't think that's going to happen."