A Rock and a Hard Place for Ellen
November 15, 2007 1:01 PM
I sure wouldn’t want to be Ellen DeGeneres, a member of the Writers Guild of America, who has the support of AFTRA, the union for performers.
DeGeneres is not honoring the writers’ strike, for a variety of reasons, according to a host of published reports. Unlike late-night talk show hosts David Letterman and Jay Leno, who are honoring the strike and airing repeats, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is syndicated with contractual obligations.
While her writers are honoring the strike, DeGeneres chooses to wear her performer’s hat and doesn’t want to put the rest of her staff out of work. AFTRA is siding with her, but she’s taking a lot of heat for not honoring the writers strike as she resumed taping of her show after not doing it the first day of the strike.
So did she make the honorable decision? Probably, but under duress.
Meanwhile, I’m blowing out of here for a couple of weeks of vacation, so behave yourselves. Your moderator will not be watching every day!