Late-night hosts launch new podcast to benefit striking writers

The limited series launched on Spotify August 30

Amid the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike, the kings of late-night television have banded together to launch a podcast in support of their own writers.

“Strike Force Five,” will be hosted by Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and John Oliver. The hosts will take turns hosting episodes of the 12-episode series. Earnings from the podcast will go to their out-of-work staff.

The podcast promises in-depth looks into the lives of the hosts, as well as the behind-the-scenes process of putting together a late night show.

Jimmy Fallon was the first to share the news on his Instagram.

“Late night unite! Your new favorite podcast Strike Force Five premieres tomorrow with all of our proceeds going to staff and crew affected by the ongoing writers strike,” Fallon wrote. “Check it out on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.”

Like the rest of Hollywood, the late-night host’s shows were stopped due to the ongoing battle between the writers’ guild and the big studios. The sitcoms to awards shows, the entertainment industry has been put on hold until the parties come to an agreement.

The writers went on strike on May 2, 2023. According to the Associated Press, the writers are seeking an increase in pay, better residuals — especially from streaming, new staffing requirements, shorter exclusivity deals and assurances on the use of AI.

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