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precarious since 1997 | by maryann johanson

in case you didn’t already hate Carson Daly…

Breitbart.com offers more reasons why Carson Daly is contemptible:

NEW YORK (AP) – NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly” is about to become the first late- night talk show to defy the writers strike and resume production.

Daly, who is not a member of the Writers Guild, will begin taping new episodes of his Burbank-based show this week for airing next week, an NBC spokesperson confirmed Tuesday.

Why does this suck? The WGA explains:

“The Writers Guild of America, East joins our colleagues of the Writers Guild of America, West in expressing our profound disappointment with Carson Daly’s decision to return to work,” the guild said in a statement that also commended other late-night talk show hosts for showing solidarity with their writers. “We thank them and hope that Mr. Daly will reconsider his decision, including the soliciting of scab writers to provide material for his program.”

I didn’t realize that Carson had company:

Ellen DeGeneres, who is a member of the union, has continued taping her daytime syndicated talk show after shutting down the first day of the strike.

Oh, but it’s even worse, according to The Smoking Gun:

NOVEMBER 27–NBC late night host Carson Daly, who today announced that he is returning to the air in the face of the ongoing writers strike, wants his friends and family to help with his scab efforts. In an e-mail, Daly asked a small group of contacts to call in “suggested jokes” to a telephone hotline, noting that he would “play some, most, or all of your jokes on the air.” The bit, Daly stressed, was not meant to “make fun” of his striking writers. He added that his goal was to just “play a fun collage of random people trying to ‘help me out.'” The bit’s set-up, Daly wrote in his Sunday night e-mail [which is available for viewing, including the hotline number, at the link above–maj] was that “the devastating writers strike” led to “A TON of my friends and family…calling me, leaving messages, offering their help with jokes because they know that I don’t have any writers working and hosting a latenight show without them will be nearly impossible for me.”

Yeah. So don’t host the show, Daly. Wanker.

Oh, and lest you think most talk-show hosts aren’t supporting their staffs, industry rag Broadcasting & Cable notes that:

David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants — which produces Late Show, as well as Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson — will pay the staffs of both shows through the end of the year. And the staffs of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O’Brien have been told that they will be paid at least until the end of the month.

I wish I watched Daly’s show so I could boycott it. If Dante was writing today, I’m sure he’d invent a special circle of hell for union scabs.

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