Tonight Shows starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel return after writers' strike

All late night talk shows were halted in the wake of writers' strike that went on for nearly 150 days

By Javeria Shahid October 03, 2023
Tonight Shows starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel return after writers strike

It's never too late…

As the writers strike came to an end, the late night talk shows kicked off with fresh episodes airing from Monday, October 2.

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live! And The Late Show With Stephen Colbert were the first shows who exited from the scene and now are among the first ones to return on Monday night.

Let’s have a look at how the late night shows commenced.

Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon:

Fallon started off with taped segments of Matthew McConaughey and John Mayer, going on to announce the third guest Bono from U2.

A fake Bono appeared from a tiny sphere. The comedic bit didn't quite hit the mark, and Fallon humorously hinted that it might require a bit of time to dust off the cobwebs and get back in the groove.

“I should mention not all the writers are back,” he said.

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Jimmy Kimmel Live!

As Kimmel’s curtain got off, he was seen lying on a psychiatrist's couch. 

Dishing on his state of mind during the writers strike he gloomily said, “The strike has been going on so long, I just don’t know if I’ll be back.”

The shot then proceeded to show the show's first guest Arnold Schwarzenegger, who declared, in his signature phrase: “You’ll be back.”

After 148 days of striking, the Writers Guild of America reached a tentative deal with the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers (AMPTP) for a new three-year contract.

Now writers including those on late-night shows can return to their jobs.