NBC has fired its below-the-line production staff on the long running sketch show Saturday Night Live due to the writers' strike. According to Variety, the show hasn't produced a new segment since November 3rd.

The number of people affected remains unclear. Some estimate that fifty workers are now out of a job. NBC says that a handful of staff members remain on the payroll. Cast members have been placed on an unpaid hiatus.

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Having no show to do this last Saturday night, most of the cast members preformed sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater for twenty dollars a ticket. Proceeds went to the pink-slipped SNL staff members.

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