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The return of Jimmy Kimmel

December 18, 2007 | 11:49 am

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In the end, it’s all about Uncle Frank and the rest of the gang.

As expected, ABC’s late-night host, Jimmy Kimmel, announced Tuesday that he, like NBC’s Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien, will be crossing the picket line to go back to work on his live show Jan. 2. Kimmel, who has picketed and served lunch to picketing writers, has declined to speak publicly about the strike. But Tuesday’s announcement contained a statement from the host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live."

"Though it makes me sick to do so without my writers, there are more than a hundred people whose financial well-being depends on our show,” said Kimmel, who also employs a handful of family members and close friends on the show's staff.  “It is time to go back to work. I support my colleagues and friends in the WGA completely and hope this ends both fairly and soon.”

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-- Maria Elena Fernandez

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