Stewart, Colbert Return to Late Night

Unscripted insomniac favorites will have new names for the duration
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2008 11:24 AM CST
People queue up for "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart", Monday, Jan. 7, 2007, in New York. Both "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central have returned to television...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Late-night TV hosts Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert returned to the air last night, without writers or scripted material. In recognition of the WGA strike, both shows included commentary on the work stoppage, reports the Chicago Tribune. Stewart said, “From now on until the end of the strike, we will be doing ‘A Daily Show with Jon Stewart’ but not ‘The Daily Show.’”

Similarly, Colbert referred to his re-launched show as "The Col-bert Report," not the usual "Col-bear." He also removed his fake beard, mocking David Letterman, who submitted to a shave during his own show. In contrast to its arrangement with Letterman's Worldwide Pants production company, the WGA wouldn’t agree to a separate deal with the Comedy Central shows, Deadline Hollywood Daily reports.