I have a very good update! We ended up having our production meeting this morn too and @jimmyfallon was there. He got NBC to give us a second week of pay, and he will be paying us himself for a third week. We also are going to have healthcare extended through Sept. ✊ Solidarity! https://t.co/yNPMsuFLgl— Sarah Kobos (@skobos) May 3, 2023
Just one day before her post, Kobos had called out Fallon on Twitter. [firefly_poll] Apparently, he was not at the meeting where staffers learned they would not be getting paid after the first week. “He wasn’t even at the meeting this morning to tell us we won’t get paid after this week. @jimmyfallon please support your staff. Had fun bowling with ya last week, but a fun party won’t pay my rent,” Kobos tweeted.
We are thrilled to see that after public pressure from Sarah, and thousands of you, Jimmy Fallon is living up to his statements of support for the writers’ strike and reaching into his own pocket to make sure they get paid.This is what solidarity looks like. https://t.co/8fUrBp1FBb — More Perfect Union (@MorePerfectUS) May 3, 2023
Fallon, who said he is a member of the Writers Guild of America, had said in a previous interview that he supported the strike. He is not the only late-night comic paying his staffers out of pocket. Seth Meyers will also be paying the “Late Night with Seth Meyers” staff for a third week, according to TheWrap. The WGA went on strike Tuesday, after six weeks of failed negotiations with a number of streaming companies and television studios. Those companies included Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Disney, Discovery-Warner, NBC Universal, Paramount and Sony. According to a WGA statement, the chief reasons for striking were that the companies had “slashed” compensation and residuals and “undermined” the writers’ working conditions. Ever since the strike, late-night shows such as “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “The Daily Show,” (as well as Fallon’s and Meyers’ shows) have “gone dark.” That is, they have not broadcast new late-night episodes since Tuesday and are only airing re-runs. According to The Wrap, the late-night shows are going dark out of respect for the strike. But not all late-night shows are affected by the union’s actions. Fox News’ “Gutfeld!” has not gone dark and is running new episodes as usual. Writers of the show are not members of the WGA, so the show is not subject to the strike. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
He wasn’t even at the meeting this morning to tell us we won’t get paid after this week. @jimmyfallon please support your staff. Had fun bowling with ya last week, but a fun party won’t pay my rent https://t.co/hbOqiXxdFb— Sarah Kobos (@skobos) May 2, 2023