There are a lot of rumors that David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants may not get its interim agreement because of a change of heart by the WGA leadership. But here’s a new statement from Rob Burnett, president/CEO of Worldwide Pants and long-time executive producer of The Late Show With David Letterman, regarding the status of its request for an interim agreement with the WGA:
“We are willing to agree to the writers demands that are within our control, so we have no reason to believe that an interim agreement can’t be achieved with the WGA. As a result, our only focus is on returning January 2nd with writers.”
Right now there’s still no firm date for Letterman, a WGA member, to return to work. Both Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien announced Monday they would go back January 2nd. ABC said today that Jimmy Kimmel returns then, too. ”Though it makes me sick to do so without my writers, there are more than 100 people whose financial well-being depends on our show,” Kimmel’s statement said. “It is time to go back to work. I support my colleagues and friends in the WGA completely and hope this ends both fairly and soon.”
Update: I’m told co-head writer Eric Stangel and his wife Elizabeth Weitzman just had Late Show‘s first “strike baby”: Eva Weitzman-Stangel, 7 lbs 12 ozs, born at 3:50 PM today, 19 inches long.
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