Strike Costing Late-Nighters As Much As $250,00/Week

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Bill Carter New York Times

Few of the hosts of television's late-night entertainment shows are turning up in their offices these days, because there's nothing for them to do.

The strike by the Writers Guild has shut down television's favorite late-night shows, leaving the hosts to spend their days calling around to their agents and friends to check out the latest rumors -- and their financial advisors to determine how much the strike is costing them.

It is not only lost income that now has to be factored into those financial assessments. For at least four of the eight hosts who have stayed off the air, the strike has become a serious financial drain, because they have stepped in to pay the salaries of their non-writing staff members, who otherwise would be laid off while the strike lasts.

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