5 late-night hosts launch podcast to ease pain of Hollywood strikes

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If you somehow hadn’t heard about the Hollywood strikes, they’re a thing that’s going on. Members of the Writers Guild of America went on strike in May. Then, the Screen Actors Guild followed suit.

What are they striking for, you may ask. A lot. “Increased compensation, better residuals, staffing requirements and protections from AI job interference, among other demands,” Forbes summarizes.

To help, five big-name, late-night show hosts started a limited-series podcast called Strike Force Five for the benefit of people who worked on their shows. The five are Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers and John Oliver.

The podcast will “once-private chats” the hosts have been having about the ongoing strikes, according to a Spotify press release.

“The hosts bring their unique insights, opinions, and humor to the show as they navigate the Hollywood strikes and beyond,” the release added.

There will be at least 12 episodes in the Strike Force Five series, and all of the proceeds that the late-night show hosts receive from the podcast are supposed to go to out-of-work staff from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Spotify's release also noted.

The podcast launched on August 30. It’s hosted on Spotify’s Megaphone but is supposed to be available on most podcast platforms.

Will you tune in? And if so, are you genuinely interested or will you listen just to support those striking in Hollywood? Drop a response in the comment section. Inquiring minds want to know.


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