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    Posted on Sep 21, 2015

    This Infographic Makes That All-Male "Vanity Fair" Photo Even Worse

    With one infographic, it becomes clear just how bad diversity is on late-night programs.

    Sunday night's Emmys featured some big wins for women in television.

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    Among the winners were Jane Anderson, who wrote Olive Kitteridge, Jill Soloway, who won for directing Transparent, and Lisa Cholodenko, who won for directing Olive Kitteridge. All three women won in categories that included almost entirely male nominees.

    However, the nominees in one category proved that there's one area of television that still has a major diversity problem: late night.

    The @VanityFair Titans of Late Night picture was haunting me so I fell into an IMDb rabbit hole & made an infographic

    This infographic from actress/filmmaker Melissa Hunter takes the Vanity Fair photo that featured only male late-night hosts and shows how many women have been on their writing staffs throughout each show's history.

    Leading the pack is The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, which has a 33% female writing staff. Worst of the bunch is Bill Maher, who has only one credited female writer in the show's entire history...and she only wrote for the show for one year back in 2011.

    However, some of the numbers from last night's Emmys are even worse. Looking over the list of nominees, The Colbert Report had only one female writer out of a staff of 16.

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    Melissa Hunter's infographic lists the percentage for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, which has one female writer out of a staff of 10.

    Conan (which was not nominated last night) has two women credited as current writers out of a staff of 18.

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    The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, also not nominated, currently employs three women out of a staff of 24.

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    On the plus side, the winner in the Outstanding Writing In A Variety Series category — the staff from the final season of The Daily Show — has a slightly higher percentage than its overall record.

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    The final season of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart had four female writers out of 15 total. However, the staff under the show's new host, Trevor Noah, has not been announced yet.

    And if anything, there's hope that Samantha Bee's writing staff will help even things out.


    A representative from Conan told BuzzFeed that the IMDb page is incorrect, and that the show currently employs two women. A previous version of this post misstated that Conan had no female writers on staff.

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