Conan O'Brien to Pay Nonstriking Staffers

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NEW YORK (AP) -- With his nonstriking "Late Night" staffers facing layoffs after Friday, Conan O'Brien has promised to cover their salaries next week, an NBC spokeswoman said Thursday.

"He's paying the staffers' salaries out of his own pocket," NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks said. She said O'Brien had informed his staffers earlier in the day. The nonwriting staff numbers about 75.

Production of "Late Night" has been suspended since the writers strike began Nov. 5.

Through this week, NBC had been covering the salaries of its nonwriting staffers, along with those of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Last Call with Carson Daly," which are also in reruns.

But the network thus far has not said whether it intends to continue paying employees of any show on hiatus. All three programs are owned by Universal Media Studios, which, like NBC, is owned by General Electric.

Two weeks ago, before NBC made its initial arrangement, O'Brien had pledged to pay his staffers should the need arise. O'Brien is a member of the striking Writers Guild of America, as are fellow hosts Leno, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel and CBS's David Letterman.

About the same time, staffers of "Late Show with David Letterman" and "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" were promised continued payment at least through December by Letterman, whose production company, Worldwide Pants, owns both shows. They continue in reruns.

Staffers for "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" continue to be paid by ABC, according to a network spokesperson.

Earlier this week, Daly, who is not a WGA member, announced "Last Call" was resuming production, with new shows to begin airing next week.

Defending his decision to return to work, Carson said in a statement that, otherwise, "roughly 75 staff and crew would have lost their jobs."

"As a non-WGA member I feel I have supported my four Guild writers and their strike by suspending production for a month," he said.

Negotiations between striking TV and movie writers and producers continued Thursday.
 

Chino Kapone

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Conan rocks. I really miss his show right now. :(
 

moegolden

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Conan is nice, but I am utterly amazed that it takes 75 people to put on Carson Daly's show. It is quite bad.
 

maz

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Conan rocks. I really miss his show right now. :(
Conan is the only funny one
of the late night hosts
only watch the other shows depending on their guests

usually listening to R&F at night anyways
 

Jerry1

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Hats off to Conan for supporting the writers like that. I figure he's doing it because he was a writer just like them.
I think he used to write for the Simpsons.
 

Jables2002

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Conan is nice, but I am utterly amazed that it takes 75 people to put on Carson Daly's show. It is quite bad.
You missed the real point. There may be 75 people to do all the menial tasks, but he only has 4 WRITERS! I didn't know he had any, and it doesn't surprise me that he's continuing the show without them. They haven't really pulled their weight in the first place.

It would be like O&A putting their show on hold because E-Rock was on strike (not a hunger strike obviously).

Also, Conan is a stand up guy. Must be pretty rich too.