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Late-night shoes continue to drop: Colbert and Stewart will return Jan. 7

December 20, 2007 |  2:47 pm


This afternoon, Comedy Central announced that Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert would return to the cable network's airwaves Jan. 7. Neither show has had new episodes since the Writers Guild of America went on strike Nov. 5.

That leaves David Letterman and Craig Ferguson, who hope to negotiate an interim deal between their Worldwide Pants production company and the WGA, as the only late-night hosts who have no official return date.

Here is Comedy Central's press release:

"'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' and 'The Colbert Report' will resume production on Jan. 7 with both shows returning to air that night without their respective writing staffs.  The Jan. 7 return follows a scheduled two-week, end-of-year hiatus that was previously built into the shows' production calendars.  We continue to hold out hope for a swift resolution to the current stalemate that will enable the shows to be complete again."

-- Comedy Central

"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."

-- Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert

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