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The Hollywood strikes and the trouble at “The Tonight Show” are a reminder that hosts are not just your TV friends. They’re also people’s bosses.

Let’s get one thing straight up front: Of all the people affected by the strikes in Hollywood, you do not need to pity the talk-show hosts. They are well-known, well-paid people who will, as a rule, be fine.

But this is definitely a fraught time to be hosting a talk show — or, if you’re Jimmy Fallon, even not to be hosting one.

The pillory for hosts restarting production in defiance of their writers’ picket lines is getting crowded. The latest addition, Bill Maher, tried to cushion the announcement that his HBO talk show, “Real Time,” was returning to the air with lavish praise of his striking staffers.

“The show I will be doing without my writers will not be as good as our normal show, full stop,” he

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