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That's one way to stick it to the BOZZ!
Writers for E!'s clothing critique show Fashion Police are attempting to garner HUNDREDS of dollars worth of unpaid overtime that they claim is owed to them by the network AND Joan Rivers' production company…
Well, it seems the stylish scribes are NOT f*cking around and have decided to STRIKE!
One writer tells PerezHilton.com exclusively:
"Just wanted to let you know that we (the FP writers) just went on strike as of 11 pm (Tuesday)."
The writers strike is to pressure the show's producers into allowing Fashion Police to become a Writers Guild of America show.
The Writers Guild of America has sent out the following letter detailing their support for the strike:
Dear WGAW and WGAE members,
Writers on E! Network’s comedy-variety show, Fashion Police, walked off their jobs today to gain Writers Guild coverage and to protest the company’s unfair labor practices. Their strike is recognized and supported by the WGAW and the WGAE. As per Working Rule 8, Guild members are prohibited from writing for the show.
Although Fashion Police is one of E!’s highest-rated shows, its writers lack health and pension benefits, residuals, and industry-standard compensation. When the writers began to organize earlier this year they were met with threats and delaying tactics.
The writers notified the company they are finished writing until they are covered by a Guild agreement and compensated appropriately. There are two possible endings to this conflict. Either E! will agree to cover the writers under a Guild contract, or it will no longer benefit from the writing talents of the current staff of Guild members.
Please support the Fashion Police writers and spread the word to non-members who might be approached to write for the show. If the stand-up and comedy-variety writing communities support this strike, the show cannot go on, at least with its current format and quality. Strongly encourage non-members to respect the strike and support these writers, who are taking a stand against substandard wages and conditions. Any non-Guild writer who chooses to undercut this strike by taking a striker’s job could jeopardize future Writers Guild membership.
The Fashion Police writers are united, strong, and determined. We stand with them.
Chris, Howard, Carl, David
Michael, Jeremy, Bob, Lowell
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