In an unusual act of unity emerging from the screenwriters’ strike, two of television’s late-night hosts, Jay Leno of NBC and Jimmy Kimmel of ABC, will appear on each other’s shows on Thursday.
The appearances were confirmed by two representatives associated with several of television’s late-night shows. The two hosts and their networks will announce the arrangement on Monday, said the representatives, both of whom asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak for the hosts.
Neither host has appeared on the other’s show, but the two struck up a personal acquaintance in recent weeks, the representatives said. Both returned to television on Wednesday after sitting out two months because of the continuing strike against the networks by the Writers Guild of America.
Mr. Leno and Mr. Kimmel are among the hosts who had to return without their writing staffs and largely without their most prominent guests, film and television actors, who were discouraged from appearing by the writers’ guild and their own Screen Actors Guild. Both shows were also picketed on their first night back by the writers.
In the course of meetings with the writers’ guild over what the hosts would be permitted to do and telephone discussions between the shows about mutual interests, Mr. Leno and Mr. Kimmel established a relationship, the late-night representatives said. Mr. Kimmel even offered some words of support for Mr. Leno on Wednesday during his first show back.
Mr. Leno, who has been the leading star in late-night television for well over a decade, extended an invitation to Mr. Kimmel, who then reciprocated, the representatives said.
Neither host returned messages left this weekend with his representatives.