American television network NBC has reportedly fired “nearly the entire
production staff” on TV show SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE following the Hollywood
Staff working on the hit program learned of their fate on Friday (16Nov07),
according to reports.
One source tells New York gossip column PageSix, “Saturday Night Live laid
off all their staff until further notice. Their production staff, even
long-term employees, were let go.”
A spokesman for NBC refused to comment.
On Friday (16Nov07) Studio Universal Media Studios informed the casts of hit
TV shows 30 Rock, Bionic Woman and The Office – including actor Alec Baldwin –
that they will be suspended on half-pay for five weeks.
Strikes by member of the Writers Guild of America have disrupted production
across the industry effecting TV favourites including Desperate Housewives and
Grey’s Anatomy as well as several high profile late night talk shows.
However, Late Show host David Letterman has reportedly told his staff he will
pay them out of his own pocket over the holidays if the strike continues.