EW Staff
January 01, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report will resume production and air new episodes on Jan. 7, without their striking writers, Comedy Central said in a statement released Thursday (Dec. 20).

”The January 7 return follows a scheduled two-week, end-of-year hiatus that was previously built into the shows’ production calendars,” the cable net’s statement said. ”We continue to hold out hope for a swift resolution to the current stalemate that will enable the shows to be complete again.”

Hosts Stewart and Stephen Colbert also released a joint statement: ”We would like to return to work with our writers. If we cannot, we would like to express our ambivalence, but without our writers we are unable to express something as nuanced as ambivalence.”

Other late-night shows slotted to return at the beginning of the new year (all Jan. 2): NBC’s The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and The Late Show With Conan O’Brien, as well as ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.

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