Late night shows may return despite strike

David LettermanDavid Letterman is rumored to have signed a deal with the Writers Guild of America, which means his late night talk show may be back on air before the end of the month. Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien are also planning to go back to work, with both productions airing new shows starting January 2nd without writers and without an agreement from the WGA. In a statement, Leno says, “I was, like most people, hoping for a quick resolution when this began… I feel it’s my responsibility to get my 100 non-writing staff, which was laid off, back to work.” In his own statement, O’Brien adds, “Unfortunately, now with the new year upon us, I am left with a difficult decision — either go back to work and keep my staff employed, or stay dark, and allow 80 people, many of whom have worked for me for 14 years, to lose their jobs. An unwritten version of Late Night, though not desirable, is possible — and no one has to be fired.”

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  1. Anonymous 2 • December 19, 2007 @ 3:11 PM

    Should be interesting to find out how funny Jay,David and Conan are with out writers.

  2. pat • December 21, 2007 @ 8:38 AM

    That would make them scabs, hope they understand that………

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