Strike or No Strike, Williams is ON for SNL

By Chris Ariens 

The Hollywood Reporter‘s Paul J. Gough writes that “All of the skits for [SNL] are in and the rewrites were scheduled to be completed” last night, which means the Brian Williams-hosted program will go on, as the WGA strike looms.

As for Williams, the NBC anchor talked with the NYDaily NewsRichard Huff about the experience.

Then there’s this from Ed Bark‘s blog (via Newsblues). Bark, the veteran TV critic for the Dallas Morning News talked with veteran anchorman Jim Lehrer about newsman Williams hosting the comedy show:

“He is a very funny guy, he’s got this whole different side to him and it’s all right to show that. If he comes out there and makes political jokes or anything like that, and the wrath comes to him, then he deserves it. If he comes out and just hosts the thing, I don’t have a problem with that.”

What if it were Katie Couric? Would the reaction be entirely different?

“Oh my God, yes,” he says. “If Katie Couric did that, they would be all over her like a blanket. ‘Oh my God, this is going to destroy the CBS Evening News!’ It’s a double standard, and it’s not fair to her. We’ll see if Brian can get away with this. But Katie Couric cannot.”