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Jay Leno to return to the air Wednesday night as writers strike continues

NEW YORK (AP) - Confusion surrounded presidential candidate Mike Huckabee's appearance on Jay Leno's show and Hillary Clinton was set to appear with David Letterman as TV's late-night funnymen prepared to return to the air Wednesday night.

Clinton was to join Robin Williams as Letterman's first guests as five late-night shows came back to the air following two months off because of the writers strike, according to a source close to the CBS show who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, GOP hopeful Huckabee appeared confused over which of the two late-night hosts had reached a separate deal with the union representing striking writers.

Huckabee said he supports the writers and did not think he would be crossing a picket line, because he believed the writers had made an agreement to allow late-night shows on the air. That's not the case with Leno, and picketers outside Leno's Burbank, Calif., studio targeted Huckabee.

"Huckabee is a scab," read one sign held by a picketing writer.

A "Tonight" show spokeswoman said she believed Huckabee would still be appearing with Leno on the eve of the Iowa caucus.

Letterman and fellow CBS host Craig Ferguson struck deals to allow writers to come back to work on Wednesday. NBC's Leno and Conan O'Brien and ABC's Jimmy Kimmel were back at work Wednesday without writers.

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