The WGA East and Ellen DeGeneres appear to be dancing to a different beat.
Earlier this week, numerous media reports said DeGeneres boycotted her Monday show in support of scribes. As Scribe Vibe's Michael Schneider reported Tuesday, Telepictures denied that Ellen had done any such thing. Studio claimed her absence was due to a pre-planned hiatus.
In any case, DeGeneres has been back at work, and that pissed off the WGA East. It issued a statement earlier today blasting the dance-happy host. Best line:
We find it sad that Ellen spent an entire week crying and fighting for a dog that she gave away, yet she couldn't even stand by writers for more than one day – writers who have helped make her extremely successful.
Now, Warner Bros.-owned Telepictures is biting back. It's issued a retort. No zingers, but the studio's defense basically boils down to, "Hey, we're not the only gabbers who've kept gabbing!" To wit:
Ellen is a daytime talk show carried on a syndicated basis across individual television stations, no different than, and in direct competition with, Oprah, Rachael Ray, (Dr.) Phil, Live with Regis and Kelly, Martha, Tyra, Jerry, Maury, and Montel, all of which are in first run daytime syndication and are continuing in production.
The WGA's statement and Telepictures' retort are after the jump.
(UPDATE: As is a letter in PDF format from AFTRA, supporting Telepictures' position. Apologies for not typing it in, but it's been a long week.)