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Strike Force Five: what happens when late-night TV hosts make a podcast?

Fallon, Kimmel, Colbert, Meyers and Oliver have reunited for a new Spotify series, talking ‘on top of each other for an hour’ in aid of their striking writers

With late-night television shows on indefinite hiatus since the writers’ strike began in May, the five major hosts have found a new avenue for courting attention – and funds for their out-of-work staff. Like many a male friend group before them, the late-night crew have started a podcast.

Strike Force Five, named for the text chain between Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers and John Oliver, premiered on Wednesday with an hour and seven minute episode, a day after the project was announced at Spotify. All proceeds from the show, which has promised at least 12 episodes, will support their staff as the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike heads toward its fifth month.

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