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Late-Night Hosts Could Return in January

Late-night hosts have been off the air for almost six weeks now, since the Hollywood writers' strike began and the hosts refused to cross their writers' picket lines. But now there's a new report that the hosts could return in early January. Sources told Variety that since late-night ratings are plunging and an end to the strike seems so far off, the hosts are thinking it's time to come back on the air.

Nobody wants to be the first host back — well, nobody except Carson Daly, who resumed taping Last Call earlier this month and already had his show disrupted by picketers once. (Daly said he came back to save the jobs of his crew.) So, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, and Craig Ferguson might all return together so nobody has to take the hit of being first. Jimmy Kimmel's plans aren't really known, and Variety speculates that Leno and O'Brien could come back together even if Letterman and Ferguson opt out.

Something similar happened during the last strike, in 1988: Both Letterman and Johnny Carson initially went off the air, but both returned before the strike was over — Carson after 10 weeks, Letterman after four months.

What do you think? Would you be upset with the late-night hosts if they returned to work? Or do you think it's fine for them to come back after two months off the air?


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