Worldwide Pants continues to pay striking writers
Even though The Late Show and The Late Late Show are in reruns, the company that produces them, Worldwide Pants, is continuing to pay their staff. The announcement came from the offices of WWP and went on to say that the writers (Update: the entire staff is being paid) for both shows in New York and in Los Angeles will continue to earn a salary, at least through the end of the year.
Worldwide Pants is owned by David Letterman who, as a writer for his talk show is in a precarious position. As a member of the WGA, Letterman is forbidden to do any writing for the show but as an executive producer he is still involved in the day to day decisions regarding the show.
This gesture is an unusual one for a production company considering that they are under no obligation to pay striking writers and the company itself is not making money from CBS on either of it's shows since no new episodes are being produced.
It's clear that the decision comes from Letterman himself. While he enjoys portraying himself as a curmudgeonly narcissist, fans of David Letterman know him as not only a brilliant comedian but as a benevolent employer.
This news surely comes as an ironic shock to fans of Jay Leno who is often portrayed as the nicest guy on television and yet has shown no support for his writers outside of bringing them donuts while they walked the picket line. Since Leno has made no secret that he has never spent any of the money he has earned from hosting The Tonight Show you'd think he would be willing to help out the writers who do their best to make him appear funny instead of insisting of continuing to hoard his money like a miser.
Furthermore, this gesture makes Ellen DeGeneres look far worse than she could have ever imagined since she has continued to produce her show in a flagrant disregard for her writers.