"The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report" will resume production on 1/7 without their striking writers, the Comedy Central network announced last week. Both late-night shows were shuttered after the WGA strike began eight weeks ago. The comedy duo are the latest late-night hosts to announce their return to the air.
In a joint statement, Stewart and Colbert said: "We would like to return to work with our writers. If we cannot, we would like to express our ambivalence, but without our writers we are unable to express something as nuanced as ambivalence."
"Comedy Central forcing Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert back on the air will not give the viewers the quality shows they’ve come to expect," the Writers Guild of America West said in a statement. "The only way to get the writing staffs back on the job is for the (studios) to come back to the table prepared to negotiate a fair deal with the Writers Guild."