January 11, 2008 / 10:15 AM / 10 years ago

Kimmel and Leno talk strike

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel, hosts of two of the struck late-night talk shows that resumed production last week, guested on each other’s shows Thursday.

<p>Striking Writers Guild of America members picket in front of NBC studios in Burbank, California January 2, 2008. Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel, hosts of two of the struck late-night talk shows that resumed production last week, guested on each other's shows Thursday. REUTERS/Phil McCarten</p>

In Kimmel’s appearance on NBC’s “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” he and Leno lamented about the Hollywood writers strike and the difficulties they face doing a daily show without scribes. (Leno had a run-in with the Writers Guild of America because of accusations he writes his monologues.)

Here is one exchange:

Jimmy Kimmel: Will you write some jokes for me? Because it seems like you’ve got plenty.

Jay Leno: I can‘t. That’s illegal.

Kimmel: Oh, that’s illegal. Yeah, it’s very confusing how it works. But it’s lousy, and it makes booking guests difficult because people don’t want to cross a picket line.

Leno: Sure, sure.

Kimmel: So now we’re -- instead of movie stars, you get, you know, the cast of “Celebrity Fat Club 5” on the show. You know, it’s --

Leno: But there is an advantage.

Kimmel: What’s that?

Leno: You don’t have to see a lot of stupid movies and pretend they’re good.

Kimmel: But -- yes, that is true. But you have to see stupid reality shows and pretend they’re good.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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