You are now realizing that E!'s reality series "Fashion Police" has writers. Not only that, but as the headline would imply, said writers are going on strike.
Entertainment Weekly reports that, two weeks after filing official complaints against the network, writers for the popular fashion chat series have abandoned their posts. The original complaints related to the network's apparent refusal to pay a fair wage for what the writers deem an excessive work schedule.
"The most I’ve been paid for a show has been for eight hours of work," said 'Fashion Police' writer Eliza Skinner in the original complaint. "In reality, I put in anywhere from 12 to 32 additional hours on each show – time I should have been compensated for. On top of that is all the unpaid overtime we regularly work. There are some shows where we are required to work 16-hour days, from 2:30 p.m. until around 5:30 the following morning."
In the statement announcing the strike, writer Ned Rice linked the action with the group's desire to join the Writer's Guild of America. "This is very simple," said Fashion Police writer Ned Rice in a statement announcing the strike. "We have earned the right to be a Guild show, we deserve to be a Guild show, and we want to be a Guild show. The ball is clearly in E! and Rugby’s court right now and we’re ready to go back to work on 'Fashion Police' just as soon as they sign a WGA contract."
Added WGA President Chris Keyser,"'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."
If successful, the strike could cost the cable network over $1 million in back wages. E! representatives had no comment on the strike at this time.