SNL and late-night talk shows shut down by writers strike

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On Tuesday, the Writers Guild of America announced a major walk-out from its members as they fight for a “fair deal”.

This strike marks the first form of industrial action from the Guild for the first time in 15 years.

As the writers also work on nightly comedy talk shows such as The Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel Live! they will also be impacted.

The walk-out will also force The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers to shut down.

Until the writers resume work The Daily Show, Saturday Night Live, Real Time with Bill Maher and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver will also take a hit.

Although final decisions on some of the shows will be confirmed at a later date, The Late Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show, Late Night and The Daily Show are all expected to air re-runs.

In a statement via The Hollywood Reporter, WGA announced its negotiating committee “began this process intent on making a fair deal.

“But the studios’ responses have been wholly insufficient given the existential crisis writers are facing.”

According to the publication: “The union alleged that studios and streamers would not agree to any guarantee of number of weeks of employment for television writers in the talks.

“That they proposed creating a ‘day rate’ for comedy-variety writers (essentially proposed creating a day-player category for these writers).”

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The employees claimed they felt “stonewall[ed]” about the proposals of minimizing work with no pay.

As well as reported proposals to” regulate A.I. writing, like ChatGPT, in WGA-covered work.”

The leaders of both negotiating bodies are meeting over the weekend to try and come to an agreement.

However, the WGA voted with an overwhelming majority to authorise a strike in April.

Following the strike announcement, Seth Meyers release a supportive statement, he said: “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. 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.”

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