As Late-Night Shows Shut Down Due to Writers’ Strike, Tales of James Corden’s Union-Busting Are Going Viral
The writers are officially on strike. Jimmy Fallon is out of jokes.
Following historic precedent, the first TV casualty of the WGA’s war on the gig economy of modern screenwriting has been late-night comedy shows. Shortly before contract negotiations between WGA and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers stuttered to a halt, Fallon expressed vague support for the writers who make his career possible at last night’s Met Gala, saying, “I’ll do whatever I can to support (the writers). … I need my writers. I need them real bad. I got no show without my writers.”
Seth Meyers, on the other hand, showed explicit solidarity with his writers, himself a veteran of the 2007-2008 writers’ strike and a TV writer by trade. Last night, Meyers delivered a somber closing note to his Late Night audience, telling them, “No one is entitled to a job in show business. But for those people who have a job in show business, they are entitled to fair compensation. They are entitled to make a living. I think it’s a very reasonable demand that is being set out by the guild, and I support those demands.”
However, as these late-night shows enter an indefinite hiatus, the most online attention is being paid to the host who just quit — James Corden was trending earlier today despite his departure from The Late Late Show last Thursday. Rumors of Corden’s decidedly anti-writer interactions with the Writer’s Guild have been circulating since at least 2019 when he was accused of attending a WGA meeting with his executive producers (and exactly none of his writing staff) only to advocate for lower pay for his own writers, and the story has re-entered the online discussion over writers’ rights.
Now, Corden’s name is again being invoked as the worst possible example for how a human being should behave as Twitter users trash his possible past Pinkerton tendencies.