WGA STRIKE CENTRAL: DAY 8
As the fifth day of the WGA drew to a close Friday, Ellen DeGeneres has continued her syndicated daytime show, and crossing the picket line of NYC’s WGA East. The strikers are now planning to protest the next time her show tapes 11/19-11/20 and urged her to stop showing up for work.
"On her first show back, Ellen said she loves and supports her writers, but her actions prove otherwise," the WGAE said in a statement Friday. "We certainly intend to let Ellen know our dissatisfaction in person if she decides to proceed with the shows she has scheduled in New York…We find it sad that Ellen spent an entire week crying and fighting for a dog she gave away, yet she couldn’t even stand by her writers for more than one day-writers who have helped make her extremely successful."
Ellen’s a member of American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (AFTRA), which reminded WGA that she’s legally required to keep working and that it’s up to AFTRA to decide if she should write parts of the show that would normall be done by a WGA writer.