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Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert Coming Back Jan. 7

Here's some news for lovers of "news": The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report will both return to air Jan. 7. The two hosts issued a statement on Thursday saying: "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."

The striking Writers Guild of America issued a statement accusing Comedy Central of forcing the shows back on the air and said the result will be a lower-quality program. Comedy Central had no comment.

Colbert and Stewart, who are both Writers Guild members, will be improvising their interviews and other content, and it's not clear whether or how they'll produce other taped segments. Most likely, they'll need to rely more on interviews — which is a gray area itself for all the late-night hosts, since many potential guests are wary of crossing picket lines.

Does it bug you that Stewart and Colbert will be coming back despite the strike? Or do you think it's a good move?

Photos courtesy of Comedy Central

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thoroughlymodern thoroughlymodern 9 years
I'm just glad they'll be back. I'm sure they'll both do a great job of improvising (especially Colbert). It's stinks that this whole thing hasn't been sorted out, though, because I know the rest of their writers are itching to get back, but can't.
omilawd omilawd 9 years
We'll have to see what happens. The segments were my favorite part of the shows, though, and I didn't really like the interviews. Blahhh!!
Jinx Jinx 9 years
:rotfl: @ interview each other! Funny thought!
KerryG KerryG 9 years
I'm inclined to think forcing them back on the air was a pretty stupid idea on Comedy Central's part. What are they going to do without writers and with a significant percentage of their prospective guests unwilling to cross picket lines, interview themselves? I am quite looking forward to seeing how they cover the strike, though. Stewart's pre-strike commentary on his last day on air was brilliant and hopefully they'll both be able to use their wit to full effect. The rest of the media's strike coverage has mostly been pretty pro-AMPTP - the curse of striking against the very people who will cover your strike.
bastille_75 bastille_75 9 years
The selfish side of me is ecstatic that the boys will be returning. But the other side of me feels bad that this strike has taken such a toll on everyone involved especially those who never had a voice in the dispute - crew, stagehands, craft services, etc - and especially at the holidays!!! While I still feel the writers definitely have good reasons to be upset with the studios/networks/producers, there gets to be a point when sometimes the right thing is to be your 'brother's keeper' so to speak and allow those who need to make a living to be able to do so. Of, course I do not have the answer for this collective bargaining course of action, but this is strike may not be the answer either. (sorry for the diatribe - this strike has caused mixed emotions in my from the start)
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Maybe they can all interview each other. Like Kia, I wonder if they will support fellow writers by conducting strike watches and interviews.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I think this strike is getting out of hand. It's affecting so many people! I feel for the writers, but man I hope everyone gets it together soon.
Jinx Jinx 9 years
I'm not sure I understand everything here. Like it says, both Colbert and Stewart ARE writers. If they are serious strikers, couldn't they refuse if they wished? They are probably getting sick of the strike, like alot of people in a lengthy strike do. I guess we will get to see how funny they are all on their own, without other writers to bounce ideas off of. I'm kind of happy about this, because I want them back.
kia kia 9 years
I think it sucks that they are being forced back but they both appear to be cunning without their writers. It will be interesting to see how they manage to support the writers from the airwaves. Do you think they will interview writers? Do a strike watch? Hopefully something to keep the issue in the front lines before the loses interest in how the striking writers are affected.
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