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Scott Jagow: TV and movie writers are in their third day of talks with Hollywood studios. The late-night shows have been in reruns since the writers strike began three weeks ago. But one host is about to cross the picket line. Renita Jablonski has more.


Announcer: It’s Last Call with Carson Daly.

Renita Jablonski: Carson Daly will be the first late-night host to go back to work since the strike began November 5. His NBC show plans to resume taping today for new episodes that’ll start airing next week.

The network told nonwriting staff of Daly’s show layoffs are possible at the end of the week unless new programs were produced. Same goes for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brian.”

Announcer: And now, here’s your host, Carson Daly.

No surprise, the Writers Guild of America isn’t applauding Daly’s decision. Daytime host Ellen DeGeneres resumed taping her talk show a day after the strike started, and has been called a scab. Though DeGeneres, unlike Daly, is a member of the WGA.

In Los Angeles, I’m Renita Jablonski for Marketplace.

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