Top late-night talk shows The Tonight Show, The Daily Show and The Late Show have become the first big victims of the Hollywood writer’s strike.
Producers of the three programs scrapped plans to air on Monday night as the walkout kicked off, following a weekend of desperate talks to halt the strike.
The Tonight Show host Jay Leno briefly joined the picket line outside the NBC studios in Burbank, California–where his show is taped–after network bosses announced the show would immediately go into reruns.
David Letterman‘s The Late Show will also run a series of repeats this week, as will The Daily Show and a series of daytime talk shows.
The strike started on a noisy note as picketing writers began chanting loudly outside CBS and Paramount Studios in Hollywood early on Monday morning.
Those organized outside Paramount wore red strike T-shirts and carried signs reading, “Writers Guild of America on Strike.”
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