A-Listers Don't Want to Be Like Mike

Leno books Huckabee as strike keeps big stars off the couch
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2007 3:00 PM CST

(Newser) – Mike Huckabee will be Jay Leno’s first guest when the “Tonight Show" resumes for the first time since the writers strike began last month, the Hollywood Reporter says. The Republican presidential candidate will enjoy the spotlight on Wednesday, the eve of the Iowa caucuses. The late-night talkers have been scrambling to book guests as many A-listers refuse to cross picket lines.

“I’m not going to the [Golden] Globes or any evening talk shows without writers,” said Lucy Liu, who stars in an upcoming ABC drama. Leno, Conan O’Brien, and Jimmy Kimmel will rely heavily on authors and politicos as the strike weaes on, USA Today says. David Letterman, whose production company has reached a separate agreement with the writers, will welcome Donald Trump on Wednesday.