‘Fashion Police’ Writer Expelled From Writers Guild

UPDATE: Writer blasts guild, asserts he had already resigned

The Writers Guild of America West has kicked out a member for allegedly writing for “Fashion Police” during the guild’s six-month strike against the show.

The board of directors voted to expel Larry Amoros, for providing “scab” writing services to E! Network’s series and fined him $14,000.

Amoros responded by issuing a statement that he had already resigned from the union by the time he was expelled and accused the guild of running a “smear campaign.”

“How can the WGA throw me out of a club I am not a member of?” Amoros said. “Next week, I look forward to being expelled from the NFL for not being a football player.”

The announcement comes a week after the WGA and Joan Rivers resolved their dispute over the “Fashion Police” host writing on a non-union show.

Rivers had been charged with violating the WGA’s rule for allegedly writing on a struck program. The “Fashion Police” writers went on strike against the E! Network on April 17.

The strike started after writers filed complaints with the state of California alleging that E! and Rivers’ Rugby Prods., which jointly employ the scribes, had not paid $1.5 million in wages and overtime. The WGA, which assisted in the filing of the claims, is sanctioning the strike and has told the 12,000 members not to work on the show until the matter is settled.

E! has demanded that any unionization election would have to be administered by the National Labor Relations Board before it agrees to negotiate a contract. The WGA has asserted that the demand for an election is a stalling tactic.

The case against Amoros, a WGA member since 1993, was heard by a trial committee composed of WGA West members on Sept. 30.  That panel found Amoros had committed “egregious” violations of the guild’s constitution and working rules including continuing to write on a struck show, receiving payment for his services, and failing to cooperate with the guild’s investigation.

The trial committee recommended that the board expel and fine Amoros. The board voted unanimously on Oct. 11 to approve the recommendations of the committee.

Amoros said he has not been an active member of the WGA since 1998 and has not voted or received benefits since then. He’s only paid dues once since then.

Amoros said he resigned formally last month in a letter to WGA West President Chris Keyser after the WGA allegedly threatened to expel Amoros if he didn’t meet with Keyser to provide information about the other writers on “Fashion Police.”

Amoros also said that as a non-member, he had no obligation to participate in what the trial board. “I didn’t attend the trial because I am allergic to kangaroos,” Amoros said.

WGA West spokesman Neal Sacharow responded to Amoros’ assertion about expulsion by noting that he was still a current guild member when his misconduct took place.

“When the strike at ‘Fashion Police’ was sanctioned by the WGAW on April 17 and the work stoppage order was issued, Mr. Amoros was a current member who, as he noted, was behind in his dues,” Sacharow said. “That did not excuse him from the obligations laid out in the Guild’s constitution and Working Rules. We acknowledge that he submitted a resignation email on September 21, 2013, however, the disciplinary action was based on conduct he committed before he decided to resign.”

Amoros also blasted the WGA leaders by accusing them of wasting money and resources.

“The purpose is transparent — throw the striking writers, who have been out of work for more than six months, a bone, Amoros said. “I’m saddened that my talented colleagues are being used as pawns by the WGA West leadership in its war against E! and that this never ending folly has cost them work and deprived people of their talent and humor.  The WGA West has been carrying on like this for months and it seems that all it has done is wasted time, money cost writers work, created ill-will.”

 

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  1. TLM says:

    The hypocrisy from the WGAW is overwhelming. This union’s immediate past pres is a well known violator of union contracts and rules. He had been fined by the labor board for violations (which also involved pay and penalties due crews and staff on his shows pursuant to several different unions including wga, dga, etc) and despite his known disregard for labor laws and union contracts, was voted in as our president. So when John Wells is similarly fined and removed from the union I’ll believe this union represents it’s members and isn’t just grandstanding in its war against E! Until then, thanks for the laughs.

  2. DDT says:

    RFK, Don’t write him off just yet.

  3. sr says:

    and you wonder why unions are poison? How would anyone like an organization telling if you can work or not? To have to pay a union just to work is slavery. Unions, unfortunately, were created by organized crime and have profited as such for decades (Jimmy Hoffa ring a bell?). I am all for right-to-work states. Through out every union!

    • if he wasn’t in the guild he would have not gotten a pension, high wages and health care. the union got him all those things. the producers would have liked to pay him next to nothing and NO benefits. showbizz unions don’t hurt any municipality. we are a microcosm in and amongst ourselves. the rich producers fight at every negotiation to take but we won’t relent. dwp unions and fire and police unions and city workers unions are corrupt and bankrupt cities and states with their ludicrous pensions and salaries for life etc… this joker enjoyed the union’s protections and support when it suited him and turned scab when it got a little lean. he will never work for a real show that pays into a pension AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!

      • GKN says:

        Yes sr, you are for the right-to-get-exploited, see-minimum wages-and fair practices-go-down -the-drain states which would happily send the American worker back to the horrible conditions late 19th and early 20th American fought to the death to change. You need to study a little history (and spelling rules). But Bruce, you’re making some pretty big assumptions too. Unless you know Larry personally, how would you know whether he was just being a scab or was forced to come up with money by some necessity? And anyway, why is it OK for Joan Rivers and not him? Was she not expelled? There’s something fishy in Denmark there.

  4. LCB says:

    They expelled him? He had already resigned.

  5. GKN says:

    Strange procedure… I’m not sure why he would pay $14,000 to an organisation he’s just been expelled from. Unless he’s only out pending payment of the fine?

  6. Elizabeth Page says:

    So Joan Rivers scabs and it’s fine. But Larry Amoros gets expelled and fined 14k? Seems rather inconsistent…

  7. rfk says:

    Larry Amoros… Man, that guy used to be funny.

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