After months of not being able to do what they love because of the WGA strike, late night talk shows return, and hosts Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, and Jimmy Fallon couldn't stop celebrating. All of the hosts did their best in their opening speeches on Monday night, their first day back on TV as hosts.
Some plans for late at night are still unknown. Comedy Central's "Daily Show" had been run by a number of guest hosts, but the network hasn't said how it plans to bring the show back. At 12:30 a.m., James Corden's "Late Late Show" is likely to be replaced by a new show.
Jimmy Falon wearing a blue coat
After the writers' strike ended, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Seth Meyers all brought back their network talk shows. Some of the first shows to go dark when the writers strike started were also some of the first to come back on Monday.
On Monday night, five months to the day after the Writers Guild of America went on strike and shut down the shows, they came back on the air. With a tentative deal in hand, the guild put an end to the strike last week. This made it possible for ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, CBS's Late Show With Stephen Colbert, and NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night With Seth Meyers to start up again. Over the weekend, HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver came back.
All four hosts thanked the WGA for getting a new deal at the start of their shows. In a pre-recorded cold open, Colbert pretended to be on a rowboat at sea when a dolphin told him the strike was over. The dolphin told him that there were rules about how artificial intelligence could be used in writing.
Oh, I see, artificial intelligence can be used, but it can’t be credited as a writer or be a source of literary material? That makes sense - why did that take five months?- Stephen Colbert
It feels good to be back. Thanks to the picket lines, my writers got fresh air and sunshine - and they do not care for that. Now they’re back safely in their joke holes, doing what they do best: Making my prompter word screen full of good and ha-ha.- Stephen Colbert
Kimmel, on the other hand, started his show by telling people who he is. On Jimmy Kimmel Live, he said:
In case you’ve forgotten my name is Jimmy. I have been off the air for five months. We’ve been gone so long The Bachelor is now a grandfather.- Jimmy Kimmel
We missed so much good stuff. Donald Trump got arrested four times while we were on strike: once for the classified documents, once for interfering with the election, once for Jan 6, and once for shooting Tupac. Allegedly. You know what the weirdest thing about being off the air is? When I walk into a room, nobody claps. I walk into Costco. I get nothing.- Jimmy Kimmel
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon came back with a talk that was just as much fun. “Five months off and we are back,”Fallon said.
I am so excited to be here. I am more excited than a guy seeing Beetlejuice with Lauren Boebert. More excited than a Jets fan during the first three plays of the season. Even my dad called and said he’s so excited to watch Kimmel.- Jimmy Fallon
Glad the writers got the fair deal that they deserve. “You’ve got to hand it to them: Only writers would spend all summer trying to get back to the office.- Jimmy Fallon
But Fallon didn't talk about his own problems after he was accused on the Tonight Show of creating a bad place to work.
Monday was also the return of Late Night with Seth Meyers. He said:
I am so happy to be back in a room with my writers. I missed my writers so much. I was so happy to see them this morning. I will admit by lunch I was a little over it. They’re really talented, they just have a ton of opinions... I’d also like to thank my fellow late-night hosts. It was great to have them. We talked a lot during the strike. Being on the same page with them made a hard period much easier to deal with. Thanks to Jimmy Kimmel, who suggested we do a podcast called 'Strike Force Five.'- Seth Meyers
The podcast wasn't just an idea; Colbert, Fallon, Kimmel, Meyers, and John Oliver all started their own podcasts to help those affected by the Hollywood strikes.
After Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on Sunday, Colbert, Fallon, Kimmel, and Meyers are the latest late-night shows to come back. The Daily Show will return on October 15 with a host who has not yet been named.
Talk shows that air late at night are back. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) called for a strike in May, which shut down several productions, including the five big late-night talk shows hosted by Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, and John Oliver.
After a deal was made between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, Fallon, Colbert, Kimmel, and Meyers all went back on the air on Monday. Kimmel and Colbert each started their shows with a funny "cold open" to mark the start of their shows after being away.