U.S. talk show legend JAY LENO has come under fire from the Writers Guild of America (WGA) for ignoring the union’s strike and penning scripts for NBC’s THE TONIGHT SHOW.
Leno – who returned to The Tonight Show on Wednesday (02Jan08) – has been accused by the WGA of violating the strike rules of the union he belongs to.
Although Leno avoided enlisting the help of other writers, his own contribution to the scripts has outraged the WGA.
The Guild said in a statement on Thursday (03Jan08), “A discussion took place today between Jay Leno and the Writers Guild to clarify to him that writing for The Tonight Show constitutes a violation of the Guilds’ strike rules.”
David Letterman also returned to U.S. TV on Wednesday night (02Jan08) for the first time in two months, after his production company agreed a deal with striking writers. However, Leno’s show is subject to different negotiations.