Late night talk shows to halt production as Hollywood writers go on strike

Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon
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The Writers Guild of America decided to strike after weeks of negotiations for a fresh film and scripted television contract did not materialize with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

The striking writers are looking for a new deal in the wake of streaming content and the residuals they feel are owed to them. Other demands include higher pay and better employment protections, according to Deadline.

Production on late night talk shows will halt immediately, with networks airing reruns in place of new episodes.

“I support my writers,” Jimmy Fallon said to NBC News. “We have a lot of staff and crew that will be affected by this but, you know they got to get a fair deal.”

Seth Meyers spoke about the strike and how he’s standing with his writers during his Monday night episode of “Late Night”.

"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. No one is entitled to a job in show business," the host said. "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."

Besides the nightly programs, weekly ones to potentially be hit by the strike could include: “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”, “Real Time with Bill Maher”, and “Saturday Night Live”.

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