And Kimmel, Too
December 18, 2007 1:21 PM
Jimmy Kimmel will join his NBC talk show brethren and return to the air without writers on Jan. 2.
His statement echoes the “this one’s for the crew” reasoning expressed by Carson Daly, Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno: “Though it makes me sick to do so without my writers, there are more than a hundred people whose financial well-being depends on our show. It is time to go back to work. I support my colleagues and friends in the WGA completely and hope this ends both fairly and soon.”
Word is still pending on the return of David Letterman, and whether the veteran host will be able to secure permission from the Writers Guild of America to employ his writing staff after the guild rejected waiver pleas from producers of the Golden Globes and Academy Awards.
UPDATE: Statement from "Late Show With David Letterman" executive producer and Worldwide Pants President/CEO Rob Burnett on the status of its request for an interim agreement with the WGA: "We are willing to agree to the writers' demands that are within our control, so we have no reason to believe that an interim agreement can't be achieved with the WGA. As a result, our only focus is on returning January 2nd with writers."