Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers, both members of the Writers Guild of America, will personally pay their shows’ crews while they are dark during the Hollywood writers strike. NBC will pay staffers on the shows through the end of next week, with both hosts funding their staffs for an extra week amid the strike. The WGA’s 11,500 screenwriter members are on strike and demanding pay increase and other benefits.
Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers, both members of the Writers Guild of America, are helping to pay their crews while their shows are dark during the current Hollywood writers’ strike.
Late-night talk show hosts, Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers, are stepping up to pay their show’s crews during the ongoing Hollywood writers’ strike. The hosts’ shows, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” will be dark for at least three weeks due to the strike. NBC is covering the staff’s salaries for the first two weeks, while Fallon and Meyers will take on the responsibility of covering the third week’s payroll.
The crew members affected will also be covered with healthcare extended through September. This is not the first time the hosts have made efforts to support their staff during hard times. They both contributed financially during the COVID-19 pandemic when production, including live shows, had to shut down.
Meyers, who is a member of the striking Writers Guild of America, has emphasized the importance of fair compensation for writers. He stated, “No one is entitled to a job in show business, but for those people who have a job, they are entitled to fair compensation. They are entitled to make a living.” The guild’s 11,500 writer members are striking because of the Hollywood studios’ failure to agree on a new three-year contract, including pay increases and other benefits.
NBC staff received the news that Fallon and Meyers would personally help to pay their salaries during production calls on Wednesday morning. The variety was the first to report this news, while sources confirmed the added financial support from the hosts to Page Six. By showing their support, Fallon and Meyers demonstrate the importance of looking out for their staff during challenging times.
In summary, Fallon and Meyers are undoubtedly living up to their reputation of being good-natured and supportive leaders. Their additional financial contribution during the writers’ strike shows that they care about their staff and understand the importance of fair compensation. As we wait to see how the strike plays out, we can appreciate the gestures of goodwill from these NBC late-night show hosts.