NBC has reportedly fired "nearly the entire production staff" on TV show Saturday Night Live
following the Hollywood writers strike. Staff working on the hit program learned of their fate on Friday, according to reports.
One source tells New York gossip column PageSix
, "Saturday Night Live
laid off all their staff until further notice. Their production staff, even long-term employees, were let go."
A spokesman for NBC refused to comment.
On Friday Studio Universal Media Studios informed the casts of hit TV shows 30 Rock
, Bionic Woman
and The Office
- including actor Alec Baldwin
- that they will be suspended on half-pay for five weeks.
Strikes by member of the Writers Guild of America have disrupted production across the industry effecting TV favorites including Desperate Housewives
and Grey's Anatomy
as well as several high profile late night talk shows.
However, Late Show
host David Letterman
has reportedly told his staff he will pay them out of his own pocket over the holidays if the strike continues.
(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)