Joan Rivers Calls ‘Bullshit’ on Writers Guild of America

Joan Rivers Writers Guild of America
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Guild has threatened expulsion over 'Fashion Police'

Joan Rivers blasted the Writers Guild of America in her first public comment about the threat of being expelled over her work on E! Network’s “Fashion Police.”

“This is such a bunch of bullshit,” Rivers said in a statement released Friday. “E! should hire Anthony Weiner to work with these people. He’d fit right in.”

The guild had no immediate response.

Earlier this week, the WGA East moved toward disciplining Rivers over alleged rule violations by selecting three unnamed members for a trial board.

The guild had announced July 10 that its Council had voted for Rivers, a lifetime member of the WGA East, to face a trial board over allegations she violated the union’s rules by writing and by performing showrunner duties for the E! Network show, which is not under WGA jurisdiction. Guild members are not allowed to work on non-union shows.

The WGA has not disclosed the date for the trial board hearing. Its finding will be sent to the WGA East Council, which can affirm or overturn the ruling.

“Fashion Police” writers have been on strike since April 17 over the network’s refusal to meet the WGA’s demand for jurisdiction over the series. The punishment could include Rivers becoming the first member ever expelled from the WGA East.

The writers have 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 said that it will not grant the writers union recognition without an election supervised by the National Labor Relations Board. The WGA has responded by asserting that the requirement of an NLRB election is a stalling tactic.

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  1. Speaking at a huge gathering of two the other day I realized how J.Rivers? would swear to anyone, she is THE Mrs clean of comedy ain’t she? Sandor

  2. well====JOAN=THATS==AMERICAN PROGRESSIVES.=love ya dear.

  3. David Tatltug says:

    Old Joan should be supporting the Unions who helped make her a star. This is the true Joan showing that lost the Tonight show because she screwed her friend Carson behind his back. Old habits don’t die Young do they Joan.

  4. ryan says:

    The whole thing is a joke. The writer’s guild is no different than the mafia. If they were actually doing their jobs the country would have never ended up with a skank like Kim Kardashian on the airwaves.

  5. The Schwartz says:

    It’s time to stop having people work for slave wages on cable reality shows that cost nothing to produce and are hugely profitable for the media conglomerates. Shame on Joan — she should know better.

  6. Ian says:

    Maybe if we stop paying attention to her she’ll go away.

  7. sb526 says:

    That comment by Joan doesn’t even make sense. Guess it proves that she really DOES need her writers after all.

    • shle896 says:

      Oh please. I think it means perfect sense and there’s NOBODY in all of comedy who is as quick-witted and sharp as Joan Rivers. She’s 80 and is one of if not THE edgiest comics around today. So, disagree with her all you want, but don’t disrespect the reigning Queen Of Comedy! 50 years on top didn’t happen on accident. Just sayin’.

      • Henry Holtzman says:

        Are you even in the entertainment industry? Or are you just a Rivers fan. Do you understand that entertainment is a union based industry with creatives who are protected from this kind of slave labor because their intellectual property is being used willingly – for the gain of the network they are writing for? This is a serious issues, shle896. Rivers can shoot off her mouth all she wants, but she has screwed a lot of writers all for her own gain. So, get off these boards and go buy a ticket to see her at Foxwoods or something. She’s not a queen of anything if no one respects her base actions.

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