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    Late-Night Talk Shows Shut Down As Writers Guild Strikes

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    After Hollywood studios failed to reach a new contract with the Writers Guild of America, late-night comedy shows were compelled to stop production as early as Tuesday.

    Now, thousands of unionized TV writers are on strike because television studios and streaming services have not met their demands for higher pay.

    Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, and Seth Meyers will be off the air until their show’s writers return to work.

    Daily shows, including the majority of late-night talk shows, will either air reruns or be forced to conduct a program without the assistance of their writers.

    “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” will not air new episodes beginning Tuesday.

    “The Writers Guild of America authorized the strike Monday night after negotiations with the studios and networks failed to produce an agreement. It will mark the first time Hollywood writers have walked off the job since the 2007-2008 strike, which lasted three months and brought the industry to a virtual standstill,” Breitbart reported.

    “Hollywood writers, who could start picketing studios as early as Tuesday, are demanding more generous compensation as the streaming revolution continues to take over the industry. The guild has argued that the shorter seasons favored by streaming services — with most shows having ten or fewer episodes per season — have been detrimental to writers, who must find work on multiple shows to make ends meet,” the outlet added.

    Ben Shapiro of The Daily Wire celebrated the news on Twitter by teasing that this is the only strike he has ever supported.

    “This is the first time I can remember supporting a strike. In fact, I hope the strike continues forever,” Shapiro wrote.

    Seth Meyers told Deadline that he supported the writers and was with them during the strike.

    “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,” he said.

    The NBC host added, “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.”

    During the strike, ratings for Greg Gutfeld’s late-night comedy program on Fox News could increase even more.

    As a co-host of both “The Five” and his late-night program “Gutfeld!”, Gutfeld continues to be the most dominant presence in cable news.

    The popular host also just announced a new book, titled, “The King of Late Night,” which will be released July 25, and details how Gutfeld “destroyed the mainstream late-night landscape of heavyweights and became the host of the #1 late night show in all of television.”

    Wednesday evening, “The Five” was the most-watched cable news program with an astounding 2.62 million cumulative views. CNN’s “Situation Room” drew a dismal 698,00 viewers at 5 PM ET, while Newsmax’s “Frontline” attracted only 282,000.

    More on this story via Conservative Brief:

    A separate report also notes how Gutfeld’s late-night show has brought in historic viewership for Fox News. CONTINUE READING…

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