Strike, picket, honk — hey, naked newscasters!

Grab1_5 The same thought occurred multiple times to strike captain Kirk Rudell (“Will & Grace”) as he walked the Universal picket line: This is not what I came to Hollywood to do.

“We’re doing the best we can to let everyone know what our issues are — and that we’re not millionaires — but this isn’t what we do best,” Rudell said as the WGA strike closed its second week. “I get up and go to the line and hope people honk their horns, but it’s kind of a waste of our talents that we’re not working.”

Rudell said the overwhelming consensus among picketers was frustration over negotiations stalling on the new-media issue. “What we’re asking for isn’t the whole pie, just a very small slice,” he said.

Some comic relief arrived mid-day when three members of NakedNews.com joined the line briefly to picket in lingerie. “It was a little odd, but we appreciated the support and they certainly managed to get a lot response from motorists,” Rudell said. 

— Dave McNary

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