Ellens New York Flight Grounded
It looks like itís going to be a local thanksgiving for Ellen this year. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reps for the daytime chat-host have confirmed that she has scrapped her plans to tape her show in New York City next week. Ellen has been under fire since the WGA strike began for not showing solidarity with her writers by continuing to tape her syndicated show. Ellen took the day off on November 5, the first day of the strike, but resumed work sans monologue the next day.
After Ellenís return to work, The WGA East accused DeGeneres, a Writerís Guild member herself, of breaking strike rules and announced that she would not be welcome in New York. AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) fired back at the WGAE, saying that if she didnít return to work, she would be in violation of their no-strike clause. Further complicating the matter is the fact that Telepictures, who syndicates Ellen, says that unlike network-owned late-night talk shows, DeGeneres is under contract to continue delivering original episodes, regardless of the writers strike.
For its part, WGAE is pleased with Ellenís decision to stay away from the Big Apple. They released a statement saying, ďWe're delighted that Ellen DeGeneres has decided not to come to New York to tape her program. She knows that the Writers Guild East would have been there to protest her lack of solidarity, not only with her Guild writing staff but all the striking members of the Writers Guild, of which she is a member. We will be even more delighted if she does not cross the Guild picket lines at the NBC Studios in Burbank, where her show usually is produced.Ē
The competing interests have put DeGeneres firmly between the proverbial rock and a hard place. No matter what Ellenís long-term decisions regarding her show are, it looks like the controversy isnít going to die down any time soon. Itís a good bet that Ellen is longing for the days (of three weeks ago) when her biggest problem was a tiny dog.
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