"Guest" Hosts For Late Night?

0
0
Subscribe to NBC alerts


NBC is considering substituting guest hosts for Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien on their respective late-night talk shows if the writers' strike becomes a lengthy affair, Daily Variety reported today (Monday), citing no sources. Leno has maintained that he could not perform effectively without his writing staff, although O'Brien, a former comedy writer himself, brought the house down at a charity affair last week with quips that were widely reported and displayed his ability to perform without assistance from a writing staff. Variety indicated that David Letterman or Jimmy Kimmel might return to the air as early as next week. Meanwhile, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists strongly condemned the Writers Guild of America East's attack on Ellen Degeneres for continuing to tape her daytime talk show during the strike. In a letter to WGAE Executive Director Mona Managan, her AFTRA counterpart, Kim Roberts Hedgpeth, wrote that DeGeneres is bound by a no-strike clause in her contract requiring her to report to work. "If WGAE had concerns about the activities of this AFTRA member, we cannot fathom why we did not receive so much as a courtesy heads-up to discuss the situation and see what we could do to work together in support of WGA's members," Hedgpeth continued, describing the situation as a "stunning breach of basic inter-union courtesy" and a "misstep that threatens to frustrate the solidarity of organized labor on a cause that we should all stand together, and stand up, for." In her response, Mangan said, in effect, that the WGA did not intend to "involve any union, such as your own, in our efforts to encourage individuals to withhold their services. What we ask of them are acts of individual conscience." Meanwhile, Telepictures Productions, which produces DeGeneres's show, pointed out that virtually every other syndicated daytime talk show has remained in production -- without any of the others being singled out for attack by the WGA.




12/11/2007


Contactmusic

Tags: NBC - Jay Leno - Conan O'Brien - David Letterman - Jimmy Kimmel - Ellen Degeneres

0
0
Subscribe to NBC alerts
Advertisement

More Nbc

Former NBC News Anchor Tom Brokaw Says His Bone Cancer "Is in Remission"

Former longtime NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw delivered some very good news when he recently gave an update on his health. The 74-year-old journalist, who...

Minnie Driver Confirmed For 'Peter Pan Live'

Minnie Driver has announced that she’s signed up for ‘Peter Pan Live’. The 44 year old actress will be the narrator of the piece and...

NBC Pull The Plug On Comedies 'Bad Judge' and 'A to Z'

NBC are saying thanks but no thanks to two of their freshman comedies, ‘Bad Judge’ and ‘A to Z’. The cancellations are the network’s first...

Bad: NBC Cancels 'Emerald City', Worse: Production Hadn't Even Started

You've really got to feel sorry for the production team that probably thought they had decent jobs in the pipeline after NBC announced plans for...

Advertisement

Allegations of sexual harassment at Comic-Con

A group of young women from Philadelphia that founded a website titled ‘Geeks for CONsent’ has gathered nearly 2,600 signatures from attendees at Comic-Con this...

Matt Lauer's 'Today' Show Contract Extended By NBC

Matt Lauer's contract with NBC's Today show has been extended, laying rumours to rest surrounding his dismissal. The network received a number of complaints after...

Bode Miller Interview Was Rough, But Go Easy on Christin Cooper

The internet exploded into a ball of molten indignation on Sunday night (February 16, 2014) after NBC interviewer Christin Cooper pushed skier Bode Miller so...

Former NBC News Anchor Tom Brokaw Diagnosed With Bone Cancer

Former longtime NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw is unfortunately suffering from a form of bone marrow cancer.Last summer, the 74 year-old was diagnosed with multiple...

Advertisement

Comments

NBC Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on NBC

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All