Stewart, Colbert Returning on January 7

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“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report” will resume production on Jan. 7 without their striking writers.

The comedy duo are the latest late-night hosts to announce their return to the air while the ongoing writers strike continues to devastate much television and film production. Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel have all recently said that they will resume their programs on Jan. 2 with or without their writing staffs.

On Friday, leaders of striking television writers plan to meet with David Letterman’s production company in an attempt to reach a separate deal that could return the “Late Show” to the air with its writing staff.

In a joint statement, Stewart and Colbert said: “We would like to return to work with our writers. If we cannot, we would like to express our ambivalence, but without our writers we are unable to express something as nuanced as ambivalence.”

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