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Leno & Kimmel To Cross Each Other’s Picket Line Thursday!! Stewart/Colbert '08 Tonight!!

I am – Hercules!! Perhaps because they’re getting sick of talking to game-show hosts (Hulk Hogan tonight joins Bob Saget and Howie Mandel among the SAG members who have crossed NBC talk show picket lines; David Letterman is tonight making do with Tom Hanks), Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel will appear on each other’s shows Thursday night. Look! Press release!
ON JANUARY 10, RIVAL LATE-NIGHT HOSTS JAY LENO AND JIMMY KIMMEL ARE SCHEDULED TO HIT EACH OTHER’S COUCHES ON THE SAME NIGHT One Good Turn Deserves Another as Popular Late Night Hosts Reciprocate Guest Bookings on Each Other’s Shows in Rare Dual Appearances BURBANK -- January 7, 2008 -- Has television's vaunted "Late Night War" softened? On Thursday, January 10, NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (Monday-Friday, 11:35 p.m. - 12:37 a.m. ET) will welcome rival late-night host Jimmy Kimmel to the famed couch in Burbank. In return -- on the same night -- Leno will make a trip across town to take a seat on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (Monday - Friday, 12:05 a.m. - 1:05 a.m. ET on ABC) during its taping in Hollywood. "There are only three or five people in the world that know how tough this job is," said Leno of the swap. "Jimmy is one of them. It will be fun to discuss who's a good guest, who’s a difficult guest and everything else that comes with sitting behind these desks." Kimmel said, "If Jay and I can come together and guest on each other’s shows, then surely there is hope for peace in the Middle East." "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" is from Big Dog Productions in association with Universal Media Studios. "Jimmy Kimmel Live" is shot live in front of a studio audience and produced by Jackhole Industries in association with ABC Studios.
Also picketed are “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report,” both of which return tonight – sans writers – with their first new episodes since Nov. 1.

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  • Jan. 7, 2008, 3:20 p.m. CST

    The Strike

    by NudeandAroused

    Kind of sad I guess.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 3:21 p.m. CST


    by Mezzanine


  • Jan. 7, 2008, 3:22 p.m. CST

    The End of the World?

    by WickedMonster

    Naah. More like Judgment Day.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 3:22 p.m. CST


    by NudeandAroused

    Just saw on some other web pages that the Globes will be watered down to the point that they are simply a "news event' rather than an "awards show."

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 3:23 p.m. CST

    By the way

    by Mezzanine

    Fuck these two. Rumor has it that they've been on the phone with each other bitching and moaning about how the WGA is treating them unfairly. Fuck Kimmel for crossing a picket line for a reason other than having his below the line workers keep their jobs. Fuck Leno for the same AND for continuing to write a monologue even though it is in CLEAR violation of the WGA strike rules. The strike needs to end soon... Zucker, get back to the fucking table!

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Bill Simmons on the strike

    by chrth (remove spaces, bottom of page)

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 3:28 p.m. CST

    OK snipers...

    by haggardatbest have two shots at Leno in one day. Now get out there and don't come back emptyhanded!

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 3:57 p.m. CST


    by Prossor

    how does that piece of shit stay on the air? i'll even take Leno over that one any day.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Watch Hillary cry haha! It's over power hungry bitch!

    by Orionsangels

    There's no crying in Politics!

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST

    I smell desperation

    by Larry of Arabia

    Is the pool of guests willing to be on these shows so shallow that they have to interview each other?

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Fuck those damn strikebreakers!

    by BrowncoatJedi

    Screw you, Colbert and Stewart!!! Your shows are nothing without writers!

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Will be interesting to watch

    by turketron

    So, colbert and stewart will return writerless... I'm interested in seeing this. If the shows prove to be just as good without the writers... what does that say.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 4:27 p.m. CST

    simmons' take

    by thegimik

    i read that a few days ago. it was interesting.. really giving it to letterman.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 4:27 p.m. CST


    by greg39

    They're moving on without you, and are actually funnier without you. Deal with it.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 4:42 p.m. CST

    Leno / Kimmel Crossover

    by Jonas Grumpy

    This will be as great as the first Superman / Spider-Man crossover! Except that Ross Andru was more talented than either Jay or Jimmy currently are. Or could ever hope to be. Even when they combine forces.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 5:14 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

    Bill Simmons needs to get Jimmy Kimmels dick out of his mouth, and stick with sports, and mixed Karate Kid metaphors.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 5:45 p.m. CST

    Letterman had Jimmy on his show plenty of time

    by mistergreen

    so what's the big deal?

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 6:18 p.m. CST


    by kyle051554

    Seriously. Fuck the studios for not giving the writers what they want (from what I understand, the demands of the writers are very reasonable) and forcing us to watch more reality shit (although, admittedly, American Gladiators is welcome on my TV). Fuck the writers for being putting all non-writing staff out of work by striking in the first place.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 6:54 p.m. CST

    But Kimmel slams Leno at every opportunity

    by Stormwatcher

    So this should be great.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Lol No Conan?

    by skywalkerfamily

    He must feel left out.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Will Stewart bust Huckabee for stealing his joke

    by MGTHEDJ

    Last week Huckabee started using the line (in reference to Romney) "People want someone who looks like them, not the guy who laid them off." That is Stewart's line from 2004. He was being interviewed about the Clinton impeachment and said "I looked at the Democrats and they looked like people I know: fat, thin, women and men, black, white, Asian. I looked at the Republicans and they all looked like the men who always fired my father."<p>United Artists cut a deal with the WGA today. Hopefully Disney will cut one as well, especially since they have the Oscars. They cannot afford to lose the 25-54 female demo. But I think NBC-Universal will be the last holdout. I'm tellin' ya, those guys are just to stupid to live.-----later-----m

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Stewart definitely unfunny without writers

    by BrowncoatJedi

    Looks like he's breaking WGA rules, of which he is a member, by writing for his own show like that traitor Leno. Screw you, Stewart, for stabbing the writers in the back.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 10:40 p.m. CST

    Stewart writing?

    by FastEddie8139

    You think he really wrote any of that stuff? Interviewing an industrial engineering professor? Seems like Stewart is just treading water to keep his staff employed.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Oh gawd make it stop

    by jdl82

    Never, never, never again. NEVER make an unscripted Daily Show or Colbert Report again. This is soooo painful. If it were a butterfly, it would be missing a wing and I would have to kill it to put it out of its misery.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 10:54 p.m. CST

    A daily show

    by otm shank

    Glad he's back. Not as funny without the writers, but I still laughed a couple of times.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 10:56 p.m. CST

    No way was any of Stewart's stuff pre-written

    by jdl82

    BrowncoatJedi, you can't be serious. That was some of the most unfunny stuff I've ever seen. And the guy being interviewed was equally unfunny.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Proud of Stewart...

    by Billyeveryteen

    He shant' "bring the funny" soon, me thinks'.

  • Jan. 7, 2008, 11:19 p.m. CST

    by Cory849

    Get the other side of the story.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 1:13 a.m. CST

    for no writers Daily Show was....

    by Prossor

    ...pretty damn fucking funny! lots of space for whimsy and improv. Next up Colbert which i'm not sure since he can't quite do the improv.... hopefully it wont be a crash an burn situation.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 1:16 a.m. CST

    You hated?? I thought the Sean Penn joke ...

    by Hercules

    ... somewhat ... amusing ...

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 1:23 a.m. CST


    by jdl82

    Colbert was almost as funny as I'd expected. But that's not saying much. Okay, so, seriously, of all the talkbackers here right now, which ones of you are producers and which are writers? I knooooow you're somewhere in these comments.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Colbert was none too shabby

    by Prossor

    ...........and that's the word!

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Live blogging Stewart/Colbert

    by buffywrestling <p> From Variety's strike blog. Stewart did come off a tad bitter and uneasy, did he not? Colbert did much better holding things together.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 8:29 a.m. CST


    by ciroslive

    Of course A Daily Show is unfunny. Wouldn't you make it as unfunny as possible to show how much the writers matter? Conan and Colbert still being funny sans writers is almost a bad thing since it won't push both sides to resolve this thing...

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 10:09 a.m. CST

    I love Jon Stewart a lot but...

    by Cory849

    He is telling lies on this. The reason the strike broke down is because of ancillary demands unrelated to the "new media discussion". The WGA wants to expand who the guild represents unilaterally. This would include reality TV writers. These writers are currently in another union. This makes total sense for the WGA to want and total sense for the producers to refuse to discuss. Currently the producers can use reality tv to fill gaps in the case of a writers strike. WGA really wants to change that to get more leverage and the producers want to keep the status quo so they arent beholden to the union. Yet Jon Stewart is pretending that the breakdown is over new media. Lies.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Fuck the writers

    by johnnykool

    Yes, fuck them. <p>I laughed several times watching Stewart and ColberT last night. Fuck the writers right up their fucking goat asses.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 11:44 a.m. CST

    i dont find television funny in general

    by ArcadianDS

    tho Hillary was sobbing on TV last night. I guffawed at her desperation.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 11:45 a.m. CST

    side deals...

    by Wembly81

    Does anyone know any more about why the writers refused to make a contract with Jon like they did with Dave?

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 11:54 a.m. CST

    unnecessary cencorship? (prity shure thats speld rong)

    by BigTexas42

    is that bit considered writing? it's the only thing i find mildly amusing on Kimmel.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Hey, I liked it!

    by CornNut007

    I though both Stewart and Colbert were very good, in fact. I though Stewart's unibrow was historical as was Colbert own take on the facial hair treatment. I thought that they both did a great job under very uncomfortable circumstances. Agreed, not as good without the writers but wouldn't you be disappointed if these shows were just as funny as before without them? I want notice their absents from the shows in the hope that one side will realize the impact this strike is having and get it taken care of. But I digress... well done to Stewart and Colbert! I was getting pretty tired of reruns.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 5:33 p.m. CST


    by buffywrestling

    Letterman *owns* his production company & his show. Jon Stewart does not. (Owned by Viacom, a struck show). It's like trying to sell your neighbor's house.

  • Jan. 8, 2008, 6:10 p.m. CST

    but didn't Jon say....

    by oisin5199

    that he got the higher ups at the network to approve his bid? I really want to know more about this. If it's true, I'm very confused about the WGA strategy. Why would they accept an interim deal from Dave and not from Jon? I thought the idea was to divide and conquer - keep making interim agreements until the the AMPTP broke down?

  • Jan. 9, 2008, 12:08 a.m. CST


    by buffywrestling

    It might have been approved by Comedy Central but not Viacom, which owns Comedy Central. If Viacom agrees to a deal, then it applies to all other subsudaries, including Comedy Central and Stewart/Colbert's shows. Making a deal with Comedy Central by itself puts less pressure on Viacom to make their own deal. And Viacom, like the other "Big 8" controlling corporations, are not going to split from thier ranks because of the considerable leverage that they have. <p> (Be fucking sweet if they did though.) <g> And again, Dave owns his production company while Stewart does not. If Stewart owned his own company and that in turn produced the Daily Show, he most likely would have got the same deal. The "divide and conquer" stragedy means that they are going after independently owned production companies - other than those "Big 8" corporations - to get as many of them up and running as possible; to put pressure on the studios to come back to the table and negoiate fairly. To make a deal with Comedy Central would undermine this stragedy. The WGA have almost no leverage other than the strike itself. Getting deals accepted by independently owned companies will give them more, as does not agreeing on a waiver for the Globes (shown on NBC, another stuck company). I'm sure everyone would have loved it if NBC broke ranks and made a deal so the show could go on. <p> (I know I would. I miss The Office. )ü

  • Jan. 9, 2008, 1 a.m. CST


    by buffywrestling

    I bunged that up a bit. Viacom is owned by Fox, which is one of the "big 8". So even if Viacom, and not just Comedy Central, agreed to the deal, Fox would lose their leverage. Fox itself would have to break ranks. Still would be fucking sweet if they did though.

  • Jan. 9, 2008, 3:09 a.m. CST


    by buffywrestling

    I fucked up . Again. Fox is owned by Muroch and news Corp - any Simpson ep should have told me that. Viacom is owned by Sumner, who has controlling interest. (I was reading a news article that contained both. Idiot. Must. Read. Carefully.) An insider says that Jon's company Busboy Productions and Comedy Centeral came to an agreement, but lawyers could not negoiate a deal with Viacom.ê

  • Jan. 9, 2008, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Bill Maher returning Friday for same reason?

    by MGTHEDJ

    What is the word on "Real Time?" Did he get the same deal as Letterman, or did Time-Warner tell him to go back or the crew would be let go?

  • Jan. 10, 2008, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Oscar night:

    by thegreatwhatzit

    "And this year's Tom Cruise Award, for Worst Professional Blunder, goes to--the WGA" (canned applause) "They couldn't be here tonight; accepting the award is Tori Spelling..."

  • June 28, 2009, 3:50 a.m. CST


    by zenmarc

    السكربتات الخاصه بلقيت روحي .. يتم تركيب الشكل الجديد لها والشكل عند عصام . خليه يسلمه احمد ربيع واحمد ربيع يعدل الثيمات للسكربتات

  • June 28, 2009, 11:25 a.m. CST


    by orcus