'Kimmel' off ABC payroll

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ABC has suspended pay for all staffers on its late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live," including host Kimmel, who is now covering most of his employees' salaries out of his own pocket.

Kimmel already had been paying the salaries of some of his staff, while ABC was continuing to pay the rest. The show has been in repeats since the writers strike started Nov. 5.

Other late-night hosts who are covering their staffers' salaries out of their own pockets include NBC's Conan O'Brien and Jay Leno.

Carson Daly's staff is back on the job since the host returned to work last week. He addressed the decision Monday night in his monologue in the first new episode of NBC's "Last Call With Carson Daly."

"If I had not been back on the air tonight, 75 members of my loyal staff and crew were going to get laid off; that's really the only reason," he said.

David Letterman's Worldwide Pants banner, which produces both his and Craig Ferguson's CBS shows, is paying both shows' employees.
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