NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” which is moving to New York City from Burbank, Calif., as part of the handoff of hosting duties from Jay Leno to Jimmy Fallon, will lay off 164 staffers with the transition, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker.
The layoffs are mostly production-related jobs, and staff cuts were expected after NBC announced last year that Leno would leave the show and be replaced by Fallon, who planned to shift the show to New York City.
The job cuts will occur between Feb. 14 and April 4. Leno’s last episode will air Thursday, while Fallon’s first episode will be taped Feb. 17 from New York City.
Staffers who are losing their jobs have been encouraged to apply for other roles within NBC, the story notes.