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The battle for the soul of Silvio Horta is on. Silviohorta

As he walked the picket line in front of Paramount Tuesday, Horta, creator/exec producer of ABC’s “Ugly Betty,” was trying to decide whether he should keep rendering producer services on his show.

He’s been a part of every final mix session for “Betty” since it began. He and his writers worked until  3:30 a.m. Saturday to finish work on episode 13 of the season.

Horta said he definitely won’t cross a picket line to work on his show, but he knows it would be possible for him to participate by phone. As of late afternoon, he hadn’t decided what to do about the mix session.

“The perfectionist in me wants to participate,” he said. “The Norma Rae in me wants to support my union.”

Horta isn’t wavering on the issues. “The producers’ position is just abominable,” he said, adding that he’s “been swayed much more” in the past few days due to the letters from Rhimes and Ryan.

“It’s a tough position because it’s your baby and you want to protect it,” he said. “But none of us want to be in a position where we’re helping producers get more episodes out of us.”

Horta planned to attend today’s showrunners’ picket and a possible lunch, where he said he’ll be listening to what other hyphenates have to say.

–Josef Adalian

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