Executive Says `Tonight Show' Staff Warned of Layoffs

By: By LYNN ELBER
By: By LYNN ELBER

An NBC executive says the network has told the non-writing staff of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" that they face layoffs next week because of the Hollywood writers strike.

The late-night talk show has been in reruns since the walkout started Monday.

An NBC executive who wasn't authorized to comment publicly and asked to remain anonymous says the possibility of using guest hosts
on the show is under consideration as a way to restart production and avoid layoffs.

The person says the network has yet to approach potential fill-in hosts.

The show's executive producer Debbie Vickers tells Broadcasting & Cable magazine that other options are also being discussed.

But she says the network would prefer to return to production with Leno as host as soon as possible.

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