Stewart and Colbert to Return Without Writers

What You Should Have Read, Dec. 21, 2007

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Stewart and Colbert to Return Without Writers
The New York Times reports that Comedy Central's pair of popular news satirists, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, will return Jan. 7, two months after production was suspended because of a writers' strike. But the hosts of "The Daily Show" and the host of "The Colbert Report" will have to improvise their monologues and interviews without the help of their writing staffs. Both are members of the Writers Guild of America. The guild, in a statement, accused Comedy Central of forcing the two hosts back to work and reiterated that the studios should resume negotiations to reach a settlement in the strike. In a statement, the two hosts said they would prefer to return to work with their writers. "If we cannot, we would like to express our ambivalence, but without our writers we are unable to express something as nuanced as ambivalence," they stated.
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