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The WGA is contemplating disciplinary action against The Tonight Show host Jay Leno over allegations that he writes some of his material for the show.

"It's premature to speculate what action will be taken in this case," WGA West assistant executive director Jeff Hermanson said Friday.

"We have a constitutionally mandated procedure for dealing with allegations of violation of strike rules, and we don't comment on allegations that have been made but not yet proven."

Hermanson declined comment if Leno is currently being investigated, citing WGA's policy.

In response, NBC issued a statement late Friday: "It is unfortunate that the WGA is contemplating plans to 'investigate' Jay's authorship of his 'Tonight Show' monologue. The WGA agreement clearly permits Jay to create and perform his own monologue. The enforcement of strike rules against Jay in these circumstances would violate the federal labor laws."

The WGA's accusations were ignited by Leno's monologue on his first night back Wednesday, which he admitted on the show he had written.

Reps for WGA West on Thursday met with Leno "to clarify to him that writing for 'The Tonight Show' constitutes a violation of the guild's strike rules."

NBC jumped to Leno's defense, claiming that the host is legally allowed to write his monologue.


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