WGA STRIKE UPDATE: Huckabee Appearing on CBS’ Late Late Show, Too
Presidential Candidate Was First Guest on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Wednesday Night
By Ben Grossman -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/3/2008 10:30:00 AM
While in Los Angeles for his Wednesday-night interview on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee also taped an interview with Craig Ferguson that will be aired on CBS’ The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Thursday night.
Huckabee, whose trip to Los Angeles was criticized by opponent and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, came to California just one day prior to Thursday night’s Iowa caucus. He was Jay Leno’s first guest on the night all of the late-night hosts returned to the air in the wake of the writers’ strike.
On Ferguson’s Late Late Show, Huckabee joked that one of his first acts as president will be to make sure the Scottish-born Ferguson is a U.S. citizen.
While fast nationals are still pending, the metered-market ratings indicated that the curiosity factor of working without writers gave Leno (5.3) a solid win over CBS’ The Late Show with David Letterman(4.3) Wednesday night.
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Just a few questions.
David Letterman criticized Mike Huckabee for crossing the picket line, so why was it okay for Craig Ferguson to have him on his show? As Craig points out on a regular basis, Letterman is his boss?
Since Huckabee was criticized for appearing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno will other guests who appear on the show be considered scabs as well? Howie Mandel appeared last night. Was there any discussion about him crossing the picket line?
Who will be writing for Real Time with Bill Maher? He and Letterman did not discuss how that was happening.
Jay Leno was concerned about the people who work on his show being out of work. Are celebrities under contract, being paid during the strike? Is that why they are so willing to support the writers?
I feel I need all of the imformation before I can make an educated comment regarrding this controversial issue.
Nita Long - 1/4/2008 6:31:00 PM EST
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