Conan, Leno going back to work

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When Carson Daly announced that he would be returning to work on Last Call With Carson Daly in direct defiance of the striking Writers Guild of America's wishes, many saw the man as a picket-line-crossing backstabber (and recently showed they meant it, too).

Now it looks as though Daly will have some company in Conan O'Brien and Jay Leno, though they probably won't be the target of any stone throwing.

Both NBC late-night talk-show hosts will be returning to work on January 2, announced the network today. The move wasn't a total shock, as many had predicted they would eventually return to work if the strike looked like it would endure for a long time.

The two hosts released statements today, explaining their decision to return to work. As expected, keeping the staff of their shows employed was the main reason.

"Now that the talks have broken down and there are no further negotiations scheduled, I feel it's my responsibility to get my 100 non-writing staff, which were laid off, back to work," said Leno. "We fully support our writers and I think they understand my decision."

"Unfortunately, now with the New Year upon us, I am left with a difficult decision," said O'Brien. "Either go back to work and keep my staff employed or stay dark and allow 80 people, many of whom have worked for me for 14 years, to lose their jobs. If my show were entirely scripted, I would have no choice. But the truth is that shows like mine are hybrids, with both written and non-written content. An unwritten version of Late Night, though not desirable, is possible--and no one has to be fired."

O'Brien and Leno were both among the talk-show hosts that had agreed to pay their shows' production staff's salaries during the strike. CBS' David Letterman also said he would pay his employees, which includes both shows from his Worldwide Pants production company, The Late Show With David Letterman and The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson. The generosity was costing some hosts as much as $200,000 a week.

With Leno and O'Brien making their decisions, other hosts, including Letterman, may be more inclined to follow suit.

For more on the writers strike, check out TV.com's Strike Source, featuring up-to-date statuses on shows, the latest information, and more.

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im glad they are back because i luv there showz they are funny!!!!!!~ anyone out there who reads this message request me as a friend please!!! i beg of you
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First off, just imagine how high the ratings will be for their re-premeir episodes the day after new years, wow NBC may recoup alot of lost money on the ad time alone, even if it is later at night.



secondly, if any out of work writers try and mess with these shows like they did with carson, considering i actually LIKE Conan, i will curse the writers and their cause moreso than i already have at this point.
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no commitment to their cause???????
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What about Dave ?
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finally
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i am glad someone is doing something about the people who would otherwise be let go
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Someone seems to have left the italic tag on at the end of this article.
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I still feel bad for the writers.... but I've also missed my late night so this is good news!
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Yup, I do agree with what they are doing. I hate watcing repeats of Late Show that are back in the late 90's. Yeah, the aired a Christmas episode that aired back in 1998.
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Oh this made my day!
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yippie now we get to see them interview the stars of the shows we dont get to see
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good for them
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Yay!!
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About some one stood up to the writers. Nothing is wrong with working while talks are going on. People have to earn a lving and will that Guild help folk whose shows are axed this season?
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Good for O'Brian and Jay, at least they care for their staff members. Ironically it was Carson Daly that started it.
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Does this mean that the strike will go on indefinitely??? Cuz in that case, that's not good news at all :(
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Awesome.
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Hooray for Jay and Conan!
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