Kimmel Will Return to Air Next Month

Late-night host joins Leno, O'Brien despite writers' strike
By Laurel Jorgensen,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2007 9:08 PM CST
2007 American Music Awards host Jimmy Kimmel speaks to reporters before nominations were announced for the annual music awards show, in Beverly Hills, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – ABC's Jimmy Kimmel will join his talk-show pals Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien in returning to the air Jan. 2, despite the ongoing writers' strike, the AP reports. “Though it makes me sick to do so without my writers, there are more than a hundred people whose financial well-being depends on our show,” Kimmel said. “It is time to go back to work.”

Kimmel said he supports colleagues and friends in the writers' guild and hopes the nearly 2-month-long dispute “ends both fairly and soon.” David Letterman and his production company, meanwhile, are in separate negotiations with the guild to return to the air early next month as well—but with writers on board.