'Fashion Police' Writer Expelled from Union
E! Network's "Fashion Police" is no laughing matter for the Writers Guild of America, West. The union announced that it has expelled one of its members for writing on the program despite a union-sanctioned strike against the program.
"Fashion Police" showwriters went on strike in April saying they weren't being paid for both regular and overtime hours on the show totaling $1 million. WGAW has been trying to get the show's writers into the union to no avail.
In addition to the expulsion, writer Larry Amoros was also fined $14,000 after a union trial committee held a hearing on Sept. 30. They found evidence that Amoros, a WGA member since 1993, violated the stop-work order on the program.
Host Joan Rivers reached a settlement with WGA East last week where she vowed not to write her own material on the show. However Perez Hilton cited a source saying not all of the striking writers were pleased.
Despite her claims of support, Joan Rivers actively and deliberately undermined our strike from Day One by continuing to write for Fashion Police, only agreeing to stop when it was clear that she was facing expulsion from the WGA.
Sounds like things won't get settled any time soon.