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Conan lauded for his support of writers in old video amid new writers strike: 'Man is a legend'

Brien hosted his show during the 2007 strike without his writers, highlighting their contributions and importance in the entertainment industry.

Conan lauded for his support of writers in old video amid new writers strike: 'Man is a legend'
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The 2023 Writers' Strike has brought Hollywood productions and TV shows to a standstill as negotiations between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and film studios failed to result in a new contract. This marks the first strike since 2007 and has left 11,500 screenwriters at odds with major companies like Universal, Paramount, Walt Disney, Netflix, Amazon and Apple.

The WGA has called for the strike due to the lack of progress made on negotiations for higher pay. According to The Guardian, the strike of 2007 lasted 100 days, costing the California economy an estimated $2.1 billion as productions shut down and spending was cut back on by striking writers, actors and producers.

BURBANK, CA - MAY 02: Striking Writers Guild of America workers picket outside the Warner Brother studios, on May 2, 2023 in Burbank, California. After talks with studios and streamers over pay and working conditions failed to result in a deal, more than 11,000 Hollywood television and movie writers went on their first strike in 15 years. Late-night shows are expected to stop production immediately, while television series and movies scheduled for release later this year and beyond could face major delays. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
Striking Writers Guild of America workers picket outside the Warner Brother studios, on May 2, 2023, in Burbank, California. - Getty Images/Eric Thayer

Although Hollywood and TV shows are currently facing shortcomings due to the strike, the Writers Guild Strike of 2023 has called renewed attention to Conan O'Brien's late-night shenanigans from 2007, when he continued to host his show and voiced his support for writers. As reported by Vanity Fair, O'Brien entertained the audience despite what was happening behind the scenes.

Social media users recalled the time the late-night host tried to see how long he could spin his wedding ring to fill airtime in a 2007 segment during the writers' strike. The episode was aired on Jan. 2, 2008, and during the monologue, O'Brien referenced the strike, adding that the show had gone off the air for two months in support of the striking writers. 


"This has been a very tough time, not only for our show but for a lot of people in the entertainment industry. Good people are out of work. And possibly worse, with all the late-night shows off the air, Americans have been forced to read books and occasionally even speak to one another, which has been horrifying," he said on the show.

O'Brien said his production assistant began to time how long the wedding ring spun, which lasted about 36 seconds. A member of the audience then shouted that he should do it again, to which he replied, "Trust me, there's time to do it again."


O'Brien launched into a scintillating show featuring an uninspired tribute to his facial hair and a segment of spinning his wedding ring on his desk. He also said, “We have no writers, and we have a one-hour show to do every night.” Conan also worked with John Stewart and Stephen Colbert to come up with a three-show collaboration, reports Screen Rant. The hosts fabricated a fake feud across all three shows throughout the strike.




Unfortunately, things are not looking promising for the Writers Guild of America since writers are fighting for higher pay—arguing that they have not seen a fair share of the spoils from the streaming wars in the wake of relative austerity, which has recently cut budgets and laid off thousands of workers. The WGA said the companies had “created a gig economy” that turned writing into an “entirely freelance” profession. “For the sake of our present and our future, we have been given no other choice,” it said.


In an interview with Deadline, the president of WGA West, Meredith Stiehm, said writers were facing "an existential threat." She added, "We’ve been here for six weeks talking to them and those core proposals were ignored. We made it very clear to them that 98% of our membership is demanding that we fight for something different, not just the usual negotiation that we’ve been having and it just fell on deaf ears.”

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