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Bob Odenkirk Talks End of Writers Strike, $25K Fan Lunch With David Cross

Bob Odenkirk and David Cross will be joined by a fan for a very expensive lunch in Los Angeles.

During an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to promote his upcoming children’s book Zilot, the Better Call Saul star discussed the lunch he and Cross auctioned off on eBay to raise money for the striking writers. When Colbert pointed out that someone paid $24,550 to have a meal with the two of them, Odenkirk joked, “What is this person expecting?!”

“I’m only thankful that I’m not cooking, that’s all I will say,” the Emmy winner told the late night host, adding that he was surprised someone paid that much to have lunch with him. “That is a very generous person who really loves Mr. Show, [the 1990s sketch comedy series starring Odenkirk and Cross].”

The actor explained that he didn’t know where he would be taking the fan for lunch yet and has not been in contact with them, but the organization is going to schedule it for a time when they can all be in the same restaurant.

Colbert also asked the Breaking Bad actor, who is a member of the Writers Guild of America, about his experience during the writers strike now that it’s over.

“I am very thankful and proud of my brothers and sisters in the WGA and how it turned out,” he said. “One of the things I noticed on the line when I went to picket this time was it just knocked me over how diverse our union is now, and it made me really proud and thankful.”

Odenkirk and Cross aren’t the only ones raising money for striking writers. Over the summer, a coalition of actors banded together for all sorts of auctions, from Natasha Lyonne helping solve the New York Times Sunday crossword to Lena Dunham painting a mural in your home.

More recently, Kristen Bell announced she and her fellow The Good Place stars — including Ted Danson, Manny Jacinto and Jameela Jamil — began a sweepstakes for a winner and one guest to join them for a private lunch in L.A.

The sweepstakes also includes roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations for two nights. Every entry supports the Entertainment Community Fund, which provides financial assistance to film and television workers during this critical time in the industry.



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