At a Loss for Words, Colbert Quits 'Race'

Late-night shows become first victims of TV writers' strike
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2007 5:10 PM CST
Tina Fey and other members of the Writers Guild of America picket NBC headquarters in New York on Monday, Nov. 5, 2007. Film and TV writers resolved to put down their pens and take up picket signs after...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Stephen Colbert’s fake dreams of becoming president ended in South Carolina last week, and the Writers Guild strike has put the final nail in the coffin of his White House aspirations. “I am going off the air until I can talk about this without weeping,” the fake candidate said today—not coincidentally, the same day his show was forced into reruns, ABC News reports.

Colbert, Jon Stewart, David Letterman, and Jay Leno—who showed support by arriving at a Burbank picket line bearing doughnuts for the strikers—host some of the first shows to fall victim to the job action: All four, along with "Saturday Night Live," will go into reruns starting immediately, the LA Times reports.