Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers are putting their money where their mouths are.
NBC’s comedians and late-night hosts will help pay their teams while their shows, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” are dark due to the ongoing Hollywood writers’ strike.
NBC will pay employees on the shows through the end of next week, while Fallon and Meyers will pay employees for the third week, sources told us.
Show workers will also have extended medical care through September, according to reports.
Both hosts previously helped pay their staff when they were off duty during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The hosts are also members of the amazing Writers Guild of America.
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Meyers said on her show this week: “I love writing. I love writing for television. I love writing this program. I love that we come up with an idea of what we want to do every day and work on it all afternoon and then I have the pleasure of coming here.
He added: “No one has the right to a job in show business. But for those people who have a job, they are entitled to fair compensation. They have the right to earn a living. I think that is a very reasonable demand that is being set by the guild. And I support those demands.”
Variety reported that NBC employees were told Wednesday morning during production calls that Fallon and Meyers would personally help pay the bills to keep them paid.
Deadline was the first to report the news.
The WGA’s 11,500 writing members refuse to work after Hollywood studios fail to agree on a new three-year contract. Writers want pay raises and other benefits.