Although new episodes of The Late Show will not be airing during the writers strike, Mr. Letterman has agreed to pay his staff — this is hair and makeup, grips, props guys, etc — through the end of the year. Out of his own pocket.
“Dave’s not doing this to get good press, which is why it hasn’t been reported for almost two days,” says a source.
But before everyone gets all “why isn’t Jay Leno doing this too?,” remember that Letterman owns The Late Show, whereas Jay does not own The Tonight Show. Just saying.
The striking writers on Dave’s show have their own blog now. You can read it here.