Late-night comedy shows are SHUT DOWN as Hollywood writers vote to go on strike trends now
The union representing 11,500 Hollywood writers announced it was going on strike as of midnight on Monday, meaning that some of America's most popular late-night comedy shows will air reruns starting on Tuesday.
Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers will all be off the air immediately. Fallon was at the Met Gala on Monday night in New York City.
Meyers, a union member, has been particularly vocal in his support for the writers.
'I love writing. I love writing for TV. I love writing this show,' he said on Monday afternoon.
'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.'
Seth Meyers, host of Late Night With Seth Meyers on NBC, said on Monday he supports the strike
Stephen Colbert (left) and Jimmy Kimmel (right) will not host their shows on Tuesday
Jimmy Fallon's NBC show, The Tonight Show, will not air live on Tuesday
Other immediately-affected shows include Real Time with Bill Maher, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and Saturday Night Live - which Pete Davidson was due to host on Saturday, the final night in the season.
One SNL star told Deadline: 'We have to think about our crew too.
Pete Davidson is pictured on Monday night at the Met Gala. He was due to host Saturday Night Live this weekend: it is unclear if the show, the final one in the season, will go ahead
'I absolutely support the writers, and I want the writers to get what they deserve and need, but I don't want our crew to be out of work. We can't make this art without each other.'
The strike, announced by the Writers Guild of America, marks the first time in 15 years that production teams have halted work.
The last strike lasted 100 days and cost Hollywood $2.1 billion.
During the 2007 strike, late-night hosts eventually returned to the air and improvised material. Jay Leno wrote his own monologues - a move that angered union leadership.
The decision is the culmination in a months-long battle with studios over pay in the streaming era.
'The Board of Directors of the @WGAWest and the Council of the @WGAEast, acting upon the authority granted to them by their memberships, have voted unanimously to call a strike, effective 12:01 AM, Tuesday, May 2,' the union announced on Twitter.
They said the decision was made following six weeks of talks with Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Disney, Warner Bros, Universal, Paramount and Sony.
'Though our Negotiating Committee began this process intent on making a fair deal, the studios' responses have been wholly insufficient given the existential crisis writers are facing.
'Picketing will begin tomorrow afternoon. #WGAStrong #WGAStrike'
In a statement, they said writers are facing an 'existential crisis.'
Jimmy Fallon is pictured at the Met Gala on Monday night with Gigi Hadid and Karen Elson
Fallon's show will not air live on Tuesday following the announcement of the writers' strike
Fallon is seen on Monday with Jared Leto at the Met Gala
Writers are seen in Los Angeles during the last strike, in 2007, which lasted 100 days
'The companies' behavior has created a gig economy inside a union workforce, and their immovable stance in this negotiation has betrayed a commitment to further devaluing the profession of writing,' the WGA said in a statement.
'From their refusal to guarantee any level of weekly employment in episodic television, to the creation of a 'day rate' in comedy variety, to their stonewalling on free work for screenwriters and on AI for all writers, they have closed the door on their labor force and opened the door to writing as an entirely freelance profession.