The writers of the E! show “Fashion Police,” which put Joan Rivers back in her red carpet role of fashion expert and commentator, are striking. With the help of the Writers Guild of America West, writers for the show made a video to express their disappointment that Rivers, a WGA member would not stand with them.
In an April statement that announced that WGA writers must boycott the show, WGA East and West Presidents Michael Winship and Chris Keyser said in a joint statement, “‘Fashion Police‘ is one of the network’s top-rated shows. Its writers are an integral part of that success. To deny them the basic guarantees that are the right of all writers is not only unjust, it is also a counterproductive business practice. All WGA members are now prohibited from working on Fashion Police. This order will remain in effect until E! and Rugby do what is right.”
The video makes the strike personal, though. The writers tell stories of the excitement they felt knowing that they would be writing the words that would come out of the comedy legend’s mouth. They go onto express surprise that such an established, hard-working writer wouldn’t stand up for the people who work for her.
The writers filed $1.5 million in wage and hour claims in April 2013.