Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert announced, though reluctantly, that they will return to work on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report Jan. 7th, with our without their writers. This announcement comes on the tail of Conan O’Brien, Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel saying that they would go back to work in January.
The writer’s strike has had a big affect on many television programs, but the hardest hit were the late-night talk shows that rely on scripts daily. Stewart and Colbert have been in reruns since the strike began in early November. Though they aren’t happy about their decision, America’s favorite fake news anchors still managed to find the humor in the situation, saying in a statement, “We would like to return to work with our 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.”
David Letterman also hopes to return to work in January; however, he and his World Wide Pants production company have been holding separate talks with writers in hopes of getting them back for their return to regular programming.