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'Strike Force Five': Talk show hosts Kimmel, Colbert, Fallon, Oliver and Meyers launch New podcast!

Late-night television has always been a platform for comedy, entertainment, and cultural commentary. However, with the ongoing writers' strike that began in May, the five major hosts - Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, and John Oliver - have found a new avenue for courting attention and supporting their out-of-work staff: podcasts. Strike Force Five, named after the text chain between the hosts, premiered recently, promising chemistry, banter, and a glimpse into their lives during the work stoppage. In this article, we will delve into the main themes discussed in the podcast, using verbatim quotes from the transcript to provide an in-depth exploration of each topic.

Check out the teaser to the 'Strike Force Five' Podcast, Now streaming on Spotify!

"The show has promised chemistry over substance – five prominent television hosts, currently out of work and actually friends with each other, bantering in the name of their workers."

- Jimmy Kimmel

The writers' strike, now heading towards its fifth month, has had a significant impact on the late-night hosts and their staff. Strike Force Five aims to support their workers by donating all proceeds from the podcast. As Seth Meyers aptly puts it, "You're really going to feel their absence while we're talking without their help." The hosts acknowledge the importance of their staff and express their longing for the return of normalcy. Stephen Colbert humorously compares the work stoppage to a vacation, stating, "This is like a vacation in the same way a colonoscopy is like a nap. You're unconscious for both of them, but one of them is really what you want on a regular basis."

The podcast provides a unique opportunity to witness the camaraderie and improved relations among the late-night hosts. Unlike the previous writers' strike in 2008, where tensions ran high and there was fierce competition for ratings, the hosts now share a bond and a common goal. John Oliver reflects on the past, describing the previous late-night landscape as "a sequence of dying marriages that they were engaged in." The absence of animosity and the collaborative spirit among the hosts is evident in their banter and shared experiences.

Overall, Strike Force Five offers a refreshing and entertaining perspective on the lives of late-night hosts during the ongoing writers' strike. The podcast not only provides a platform for banter and camaraderie but also serves as a means to support their out-of-work staff. As the strike continues, it remains to be seen how late-night hosts will navigate the challenges and find innovative ways to engage with their audience. The rise of late-night podcasts may just be the beginning of a new era in late-night entertainment, one that embraces collaboration, diversity, and the power of alternative platforms.

The 'Strike Force Five' Podcast, is streaming NOW on Spotify.


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