Leno, Conan to Return Jan. 2

Late-night talk shows gear up to air without striking writers
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2007 12:16 PM CST
In this file photo, originally released by NBC, "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" star Conan O'Brien listens to the audience May 12, 2006, in Chicago, where he moved his show for a week. (AP Photo/NBC,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” will return with new episodes on January 2 after 2 months off the air because of the Writers Guild strike, CNN reports. The shows will return without their usual writers, but "I will make clear, on the program, my support for the writers," O'Brien said in a statement.

"Both Jay and Conan have supported their writers during the first two months of this WGA strike and will continue to support them," said an NBC exec.." However, there are hundreds of people who will be able to return to work as a result of Jay's and Conan's decision." Conan and Leno have been paying their non-writing staff out of pocket since the strike began.