Bad news for fans of Saturday Night Live
. NBC has reportedly made a daring move amidst the ongoing strike of the Writers Guild of America. According to the New York Post
, nearly the entire production staff of the long-running show has been laid off until further notice.
Currently in its 33rd season, Saturday Night Live
is a 90-minute comedy variety program that has run since the fall of 1975. It features slapstick sketches and satirical skits, as well as performing artists and notable guest celebrities.
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The show was interrupted by the controversial writers' protest after the November 3 broadcast with the resumption of new episodes pending on the outcome of the strike. Unfortunately, news about the show's employees getting the boot surfaced numerous media outlets last Saturday.
In addition to the New York Post
, other sources confirmed that that “90 percent of the SNL
staff was fired” and that even long-term employees were let go.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post
reports that SNL
staffers who were fired will get no severance, unlike employees working for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
, Late Night with Conan O'Brien
and Last Call with Carson Daly
that will at least pay off writers for two more weeks just in case of the possible discharge.
The number of people affected remains unclear but some estimate that fifty workers are now out of a job. Having no show to do last Saturday night, most of the cast members preformed sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater for twenty dollars a ticket. The proceeds went to the jobless SNL
As of this moment, no official announcement has been made while representatives for the network have declined to make any comments.
For now, fans can catch SNL
's “Family Thanksgiving Leftovers” this Saturday, November 24 at 11:30pm/10:30c on NBC.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Variety, The New York Post
(Image courtesy of NBC)