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Kimmel re-joins the late night fray

Kimmel A day after NBC announced the return of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” to the airwaves, ABC has confirmed that “Jimmy Kimmel Live” will too return.

Like Leno and O’Brien, Kimmel will be back on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 12:05 a.m. Also like those hosts, Kimmel will come back sans writers.

“Though it makes me sick to do so without my writers, there are more than a hundred people whose financial well-being depends on our show,” Kimmel said in a statement. “It is time to go back to work. I support my colleagues and friends in the WGA completely and hope this ends both fairly and soon.”

Still no word on Worldwide Pants’ attempts to score a waiver from the WGA to get both “Late Show with David Letterman” and “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” back up and running with writers. But insiders have increasingly warned that the shows may not be approved for such an interim deal.

— Michael Schneider

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