Fallon, Meyers, Colbert & Kimmel's Talk Shows To Stop Due To Writers Strike

By Jason Hall

May 2, 2023

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The four network nightly talk shows will go dark as members of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) plan to go on strike Tuesday (May 2).

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers, as well as The Daily Show on Comedy Central, will be among the shows hit by the massive planned strike, which will be the first by WGA writers since 2007-08, Deadline.com reports. All five shows are expected to air re-runs during the strike.

Additionally, weekly shows such as Saturday Night Live, Real Time with Bill Maher and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver are expected to face similar consequences, but will reportedly make their respective final decisions at some point later in the week, according to Deadline.com.

“I love writing. I love writing for TV. I love writing this show. I love that we get to come in with an idea for what we want to do every day and we get to work on it all afternoon and then I have the pleasure of coming out here," Meyers said when addressing Late Night's situation on Monday (May 1) via Deadline.com. "No one is entitled to a job in show business. But for those people who have a job, they are entitled to fair compensation. They are entitled to make a living. I think it’s a very reasonable demand that’s being set out by the guild. And I support those demands.”

One of the main issues between the writers guild and television studios leading to the strike involves late-night shows on streaming as writers who contribute to "comedy variety programs made for new media" don't qualify for MBA minimums, which the WGA has fought for. Late-night showrunners told Deadline.com that they will continue communication throughout the strike in order to give a unified approach to the situation, which wasn't the case during the last strike in 2007-08.

“I have been and will continue to talk to the other shows to see what they’re up to,” one showrunner said via Deadline.com. “We’ve got to support the writers — our writers are amazing. That said, the rest of the staff is amazing, and I don’t want to see anybody lose their jobs or lose a paycheck. What’s the happy medium there? Figuring that out, it’s not been easy.”

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