Get your signs ready, Writer's Guild of America West members. A picket and rally is scheduled in support of writers that are striking on E!'s Fashion Police program for this Thursday in front of E! Entertainment headquarters.
The show's writers have been on strike for more than a month, with the support of both WGA East and WGA West. They have filed for nearly $1.5 million dollars in unpaid wages and overtime with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, saying that E! and Joan Rivers' Rugby Productions have withheld money due them.
“Throughout our history, prominent members of the Guild have stood up for their fellow writers,” said WGA West President Chris Keyser. “Unfortunately, this has not been the case with Ms. Rivers (who is a member of the WGA).”
E! said that Rivers “supports the Fashion Police writers and wants a fair agreement for them," which led to the WGA's saying that “The best way our fellow Guild member Joan Rivers can show us her support is by putting down her pen until a WGA contract is in place.”
That makes sense, doesn't it? I am not really sure how E! and Rugby Productions can withhold this money. Ultimately they are going to have to pay up - why draw so much negative PR in the process?