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Kimmel Has To Pay His Own Staff

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Posted December 5, 2007 - By Mike D'Alonzo

The staff of Jimmy Kimmel Live has been being paid by ABC since the writers' strike began on November 5th, but that is no longer the plan, according to the network. Instead, Kimmel will pay the staff out of his own pocket, as other hosts, such as David Letterman and Conan O'Brien have been doing.

In the meantime, the only late night host to return to work is Carson Daly, who explained the reasons for doing so in his first opening monologue since his return. His justification is that there are 75 other staffers who would lose their jobs if he remained on strike, and that a lot of those people came with him when he made the move from New York to L.A.

We here at TheFeed are all in favor of the writers' strike, and we're very much in support of a strong union's right to walk off the job in the face of unfair conditions, but there are many other people effected by this action, and they tend to be forgotten.

So, don't judge Carson Daly too harshly. He's trying to keep food on the table for a lot of his staff, and probably doesn't make as much as Kimmel, O'Brien, or Letterman, and can't pay them himself.

Yahoo! News: "Kimmel" staffers off ABC payroll

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