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Joan Rivers Calls ‘Bullshit’ on Writers Guild of America

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 Policewriters 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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