Jay Leno admitted Wednesday night on the air during his first show back that he wrote his own monologue. That’s looks to be in violation of strike rules of one of his unions, the WGA.
Said Leno: "You know what I’m doing? I’m doing what I did the day I started. I write jokes and wake my wife up in the middle of the night and say, ‘Honey, is this funny?’ So if this monologue doesn’t work it’s my wife’s fault. We are not using outside guys. We are following the guild thing… We can write for ourselves…"
Said LA Weekly’s Nikki Finke: “Earth To Leno: That’s not the way the WGA interprets its strike rules as spelled out here: ‘The Strike Rules, among other provisions, prohibit Guild members from performing any writing services during a strike for any and all struck companies. This prohibition includes all writing by any Guild member that would be performed on-air by that member (including monologues, characters, and featured appearances) if any portion of that written material is customarily written by striking writers’.
Now the question is what will the WGA do about it? Jay’s in a tough spot, to be sure: after years of beating Dave week after week, Leno could fall to No. 2 now that he’s doing The Tonight Show without his writing team because NBC won’t bargain with the striking writers…What makes the situation even trickier is that Leno has been very supportive of his own picketing writers and the entire WGA since the strike began two months ago by delivering food and drinks to the scribes walking the line. So the WGA, which has made it clear it’s picketing NBC and not Leno, may not want to make an example of a high-profile member like Jay for breaking its strike rules.”