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'Ellen' responds

November 10, 2007 |  1:25 am

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In response to a sharply worded rebuke from the Writers Guild of America to daytime talk show host  Ellen Degeneres, representatives for the comedian released the following statement.

"It is unfair and incorrect to compare The Ellen DeGeneres Show to late night shows such as Leno, Letterman and Conan, all of which are late night network owned and controlled programming.  Ellen is a daytime talk show carried on a syndicated basis across individual television stations, no different than, and in direct competition with, Oprah, [Rachael] Ray, Phil, Live with Regis and [Kelly], the View, Martha, Tyra, Jerry, [Maury], and Montel, all of which are in first run daytime syndication and are continuing in production.

"Ellen has not done anything in violation of the Writer's Guild of America agreement, or the WGA's internal 'Strike Rules'. Telepictures Productions, through its distributor Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, has contractual obligations to continue to deliver original programming to the 220 stations that carry the program.

"We have asked Ellen to come back to work to fulfill her contractual obligation as host of the show because without original programs the stations can move the show out of its time periods or ultimately hold the company in breach of contract. The company in turn expects Ellen not to breach her contract to host the show. We also wish to preserve the 135 jobs of the staff and the crew whose livelihoods depend on the show continuing. We regret the Writers Guild has chosen to strike and we wish for a quick resolution."


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Springhillbilly

With the writers on strike maybe there will be something interesting and entertaining on television for a change.

Donald Duck

Where am I now? I think I am lost..

MorbidlyAmused

CBS, meet KBS. NBC, meet NHK. ABC, meet BBC.

Terry J.

Sorry, Ellen. As an excuse it just doesn't cut it. I love it how rights and considerations seem to be a one way street with some people. Cry over a dog, yet these writers, who aren't Hollywood fatcats, but struggling middle class Americans, who don't work 52 weeks of the year.. they don't count for as much as a credit card commercial endorsement, right?

You've lost a fan, Ellen. I wouldn't watch your show now if it was the only one on television.

DA in LA

Uh, no, Ellen is not like Oprah, Dr. Phil, Martha, Jerry, Tyra, Maury, Montel, etc. Those are talk shows. Ellen's show is a variety show. She should now this because this season she attempted to become more like Oprah and failed, quickly returning to variety.

She should tell it to her own writers, who are disgusted and embarrassed.

Erin

Ellen competes with the other daytime shows by having comedic skits as part of her show. She relies on writers to do that and has chosen to scab.

I feel for the staffers who aren't part of a union that could lose work because of the strikes but what are writers supposed to do? Just let studios completely shut them out of dvd and online revenues? That's all we'll be watching in the future they have to take a stand on the issue now.

unin worker

You know - I admire her for seeing the "bigger picture" which its is obvious the writers don't. On every production there are more than just the liveihood of the writer's residuals at stake, there are the jobs of the tireless "below the line" crew that keep it together. So instead of caving into 3-5 five whiners she kept her integrity, by seeing that there were many more livelihoods at stake besides these people that are one cog in the whle wheel. Also, and important point that is mentioned and continues to be glossed over by the writers is that people have contractural obligations that they must fulfill. It is true of all the unions in hollywood, there is a "no strike clause", meaning that if people not in the writer's union choose to strike they will loose their jobs and there is no guarantee that they will have one once the strike is over. In otherwords everyone from local 44 to the teamsters have a "its not our fight" stance. So in other words the writers are asking the rank and file tro give up everything only to gain something for themselves, are the writers fighting for residuals for set dressers, costumers or art directors? Of course not, but they are asking us to give up are very livelihood for more than their fare share. Quit your finger pointing and take a good hard look at yourselves and what messages you are really sending. The producers may not care but your "fellow crew" will, and Its seems a pretty selfish argument to most of us.

Randy in LA

Someone here said these are not "Hollywood fatcats, but struggling middle class Americans." Well it's the poor in New Orleans who are struggling, the employee cleaning toilets at hotels who is struggling. The average writer makes $200,000 a year. That's average! Oh, and the median salary (that which half make more and half make less) is almost $100,000 per year. I read in the Times that 20% of the writers make $30,000/year... but that also means that 20% must make near $400,000/year to come up with those averages. Now I have no problem with the writers going on strike for more money since they deserve what they can get, more power to them. But this isn't a coal miner strike or even a supermarket strike and I'm not going to feel sorry one bit if they fail in their endeavors.

adrian

What a joke! Wealthy people going on strike, supported by even wealthier people (Leno, etc.), against filthy rich television studios!! how absurd!! how silly! these idiots need to get to hammering something out and make some compromises...I mean talk about losing perspective!! hey, candy ass writers, when you are picketing at the studios, look around at all the people around that area, like bus drivers and cooks, busting their asses to make a living!! you guys crack me up!! and if you think you are can't be replaced!!! everyone is replacable!! even Leno!!

p.s. and leave Ellen alone! She is helping her staff keep her jobs and their income...why should you care...you're not a young PA making $10 hour, or a stage person making what they can to make a living...and when teachers are on strike they dont' ask principals and cafeteria workers to not cross...so give me a brake!

Jerry

I think it was wonderful of Ellen to show so much humanity towards a tragic situation involving a puppy. Unfortunately she had demonstrated more humanity towards a dog then she had toward actual human beings. It was once put to pet owners in a survey who they would save first: their drowning dog or a man they did not know? Incredibly most pet owners would choose to rescue their dog first. Hitler certainly would have voted for his dog as a pet lover. I like Ellen but her decision to cross the writers picket line shows she no better then the pet owners who would rescue their dog before a human being. It terrible people can have so much sympathy for a dog and show nothing for their fellow human beings who deserve at least as much sympathy and support as a dog. Ellen, Opra and all the other daytime shows should respect the writers’ picket line whatever their contractual obligations as members of the same industry. What’s the worst that can happen to these millionaires, in the case of Opra she a billionaire? They wont be endangered of losing their position if they honor the strike lines. And even if they did they could go play with their millions if they were out of a job.

sara

Good for Ellen. I bet there are a lot of people working on her show that are beyond relieved that they will not be out of a job. Ellen carrying on with her show is not going to ultimately deny the striking writers anything. I'm kind of suck of this whole "MUST SUPPORT THE WGA!!!!!!!!!!" mentality going on. Dude, do you know how many people strike? Sanitation workers. Grocery store workers. Hotel workers. etc. And no one goes out of their way to support these people, who do more for us than writers who provide us entertainment! This whole thing is just another piece of evidence that American Society puts way too much emphasis on celebs and Hollywood. Nice of people to go march with the WGA strikers and take them snacks, but who did that for the grocery store workers here in Los Angeles in 2003?

sara

Good for Ellen. I bet there are a lot of people working on her show that are beyond relieved that they will not be out of a job. Ellen carrying on with her show is not going to ultimately deny the striking writers anything. I'm kind of suck of this whole "MUST SUPPORT THE WGA!!!!!!!!!!" mentality going on. Dude, do you know how many people strike? Sanitation workers. Grocery store workers. Hotel workers. etc. And no one goes out of their way to support these people, who do more for us than writers who provide us entertainment! This whole thing is just another piece of evidence that American Society puts way too much emphasis on celebs and Hollywood. Nice of people to go march with the WGA strikers and take them snacks, but who did that for the grocery store workers here in Los Angeles in 2003?

sara

Good for Ellen. I bet there are a lot of people working on her show that are beyond relieved that they will not be out of a job. Ellen carrying on with her show is not going to ultimately deny the striking writers anything. I'm kind of suck of this whole "MUST SUPPORT THE WGA!!!!!!!!!!" mentality going on. Dude, do you know how many people strike? Sanitation workers. Grocery store workers. Hotel workers. etc. And no one goes out of their way to support these people, who do more for us than writers who provide us entertainment! This whole thing is just another piece of evidence that American Society puts way too much emphasis on celebs and Hollywood. Nice of people to go march with the WGA strikers and take them snacks, but who did that for the grocery store workers here in Los Angeles in 2003?

TA

More than their fair share? WTF? They write the copy that brings all the revenue for the studio even if its on the net. The studio should pay since they get paid by the advertisers who pay them for space on their sites. It is and always will be the studios and the heads that are the leaches who suck the life out of the talent.
Strike and not crossing picket lines is the only power that American workers have against big business. Its a shame that so many Americans don't realize that as we watch all our job go overseas to countries who poison us with lead, e coli, and provide us with shoddy workmanship.

Denise Olson

By Perez Hiltion:

Such a disappointment! Ellen DeGeneres, whom we usually love love love, is not supporting the striking writers. The comic was back at work on Tuesday and she taped an episode of her talk show. Ellen told the audience: “I’ve got to say this is a strange show for me to do. This is weird. Weird. It’s a weird show.

Denise Olson

By Perez Hilton:

" Such a disappointment! Ellen DeGeneres, whom we usually love love love, is not supporting the striking writers. The comic was back at work on Tuesday and she taped an episode of her talk show. Ellen told the audience: “I’ve got to say this is a strange show for me to do. This is weird. Weird. It’s a weird show. [...] "

N.B.

Amazing how quickly Ellen is falling from her catbird seat.

Rob

It is unfortunate the unions in LA control the city. They pick any excuse to attack anyone or company to keep themselves in business. Ellen is cool and funny, and it is unfortunately they are picking on her.

Black Dog Clan

It's interesting to see yet again, that the emotional attachment to dogs is usually far more than people have with strangers. Dogs are surrogate children, friends, and perhaps even lovers.

Writers? Who cares!

Allison Sledge

Ellen has enough money to never have to work a day in her life again. She loves her show, she loves her fans, she loves her crew, she loves her writers, and she loves her audience. Ellen is also an Aquarius, and anyone familiar with this sign knows that these people march to the beat of their own truth, with a humanitarian vision at the forefront of their consciousness. Obviously Ellen's contractual agreement both with the Writers Guild and her show, are in accordance with what is in the best interest of everyone involved. For people to compare her feelings about the ordeal with her dog, to her going back to hosting her wonderful show, truly shows a lapse in logic. She supports her writers, and her writers support her. There are far too many people who do not know the intricacies or details of her obligations, and therefore criticize her in the media, where an equally uninformed public takes these misunderstandings as the gospel truth! With a war going on, an economic recession on the horizon, and all the other elements of a depressing state of culture, I believe people should welcome such a wonderfully gifted artist into their homes everyday - regardless of the politics of the writers strike. Did we all forget the old adage "The Show Must Go On?"

Diane in Carlsbad

I watch Ellen because she is funny, entertaining, surprising and daring. I don't expect her to be the conscious of america. I just want to laugh a little after a long day at work.

jewel

Ellen, you smell. You think people will actually buy into your excuse?? Especially when YOU are a card-carrying member of the WGA?

I was an ardent fan of Ellen’s. But I’ve grown to hate her talk show. All she does is panders and fawns over a lot of these egotistical celebrities because she wants so badly to be part of the A-List crowd.
I do not think she is good at interviewing people, unless you call kissing ass an interviewing skill. Rosie O’Donnell was a crackerjack at interviewing her guests on her show–she was never boring. Her show always crackled.
Ellen tries too hard to be “nice” and is so bland when she’s not gushing over her latest celebrity guest that I zone out. She is no longer of the common people, and strikes me as somebody who only wants to associate with other celebrities to further her own celebrity-ism. That’s why she kisses ass so much. You don’t win Emmys by being a maverick–you win them by being politically in with those who vote. Ellen will cross any and all picket lines in order to keep winning emmys and keep her face on TV.

And she uses dog adoption as a publicity stunt. Ellen, STOP ADOPTING DOGS! First Lucy, now Iggy. I do not understand why you could not come up with a workable solution for either dog, given how big your property is. I think the dogs were TOO MUCH WORK and TROUBLE for her, so she decided to get rid of them instead of figuring out a workable solution with the cats. (Unless she is BLAMING the Cats instead of admitting SHE or her latest Girlfriend didn’t like the animals). And thanks to her crocodile tears on her TV show, the animal adoption agency has received death threats and harassing phone calls. Nice going, Ellen.

So she treats her writers like garbage? I am not surprised. I am a writer myself, and really hate people like Ellen who abuse their staff and blame them FOR HER FAILURE. Don’t get laughs? Maybe it’s the way you delivery the line, Ellen, and NOT the writer. So she crosses the picket line instead of supporting the WGA? Why is everybody so surprised? She doesn’t want to miss being on her show in her zeal to keep clawing up the Hollywood ladder. A person like her who dumps dogs at the drop of a hat and treats writers like crap doesn’t give a damn about people lower than herself on the Hollywood food chain. She only cares about herself.

jewel

Ellen, you smell. You think people will actually buy into your excuse?? Especially when YOU are a card-carrying member of the WGA?

I was an ardent fan of Ellen’s. But I’ve grown to hate her talk show. All she does is panders and fawns over a lot of these egotistical celebrities because she wants so badly to be part of the A-List crowd.
I do not think she is good at interviewing people, unless you call kissing ass an interviewing skill. Rosie O’Donnell was a crackerjack at interviewing her guests on her show–she was never boring. Her show always crackled.
Ellen tries too hard to be “nice” and is so bland when she’s not gushing over her latest celebrity guest that I zone out. She is no longer of the common people, and strikes me as somebody who only wants to associate with other celebrities to further her own celebrity-ism. That’s why she kisses ass so much. You don’t win Emmys by being a maverick–you win them by being politically in with those who vote. Ellen will cross any and all picket lines in order to keep winning emmys and keep her face on TV.

And she uses dog adoption as a publicity stunt. Ellen, STOP ADOPTING DOGS! First Lucy, now Iggy. I do not understand why you could not come up with a workable solution for either dog, given how big your property is. I think the dogs were TOO MUCH WORK and TROUBLE for her, so she decided to get rid of them instead of figuring out a workable solution with the cats. (Unless she is BLAMING the Cats instead of admitting SHE or her latest Girlfriend didn’t like the animals). And thanks to her crocodile tears on her TV show, the animal adoption agency has received death threats and harassing phone calls. Nice going, Ellen.

So she treats her writers like garbage? I am not surprised. I am a writer myself, and really hate people like Ellen who abuse their staff and blame them FOR HER FAILURE. Don’t get laughs? Maybe it’s the way you delivery the line, Ellen, and NOT the writer. So she crosses the picket line instead of supporting the WGA? Why is everybody so surprised? She doesn’t want to miss being on her show in her zeal to keep clawing up the Hollywood ladder. A person like her who dumps dogs at the drop of a hat and treats writers like crap doesn’t give a damn about people lower than herself on the Hollywood food chain. She only cares about herself.

jewel

Ellen, you smell. You think people will actually buy into your excuse?? Especially when YOU are a card-carrying member of the WGA?

I was an ardent fan of Ellen’s. But I’ve grown to hate her talk show. All she does is panders and fawns over a lot of these egotistical celebrities because she wants so badly to be part of the A-List crowd.
I do not think she is good at interviewing people, unless you call kissing ass an interviewing skill. Rosie O’Donnell was a crackerjack at interviewing her guests on her show–she was never boring. Her show always crackled.
Ellen tries too hard to be “nice” and is so bland when she’s not gushing over her latest celebrity guest that I zone out. She is no longer of the common people, and strikes me as somebody who only wants to associate with other celebrities to further her own celebrity-ism. That’s why she kisses ass so much. You don’t win Emmys by being a maverick–you win them by being politically in with those who vote. Ellen will cross any and all picket lines in order to keep winning emmys and keep her face on TV.

And she uses dog adoption as a publicity stunt. Ellen, STOP ADOPTING DOGS! First Lucy, now Iggy. I do not understand why you could not come up with a workable solution for either dog, given how big your property is. I think the dogs were TOO MUCH WORK and TROUBLE for her, so she decided to get rid of them instead of figuring out a workable solution with the cats. (Unless she is BLAMING the Cats instead of admitting SHE or her latest Girlfriend didn’t like the animals). And thanks to her crocodile tears on her TV show, the animal adoption agency has received death threats and harassing phone calls. Nice going, Ellen.

So she treats her writers like garbage? I am not surprised. I am a writer myself, and really hate people like Ellen who abuse their staff and blame them FOR HER FAILURE. Don’t get laughs? Maybe it’s the way you delivery the line, Ellen, and NOT the writer. So she crosses the picket line instead of supporting the WGA? Why is everybody so surprised? She doesn’t want to miss being on her show in her zeal to keep clawing up the Hollywood ladder. A person like her who dumps dogs at the drop of a hat and treats writers like crap doesn’t give a damn about people lower than herself on the Hollywood food chain. She only cares about herself.

jewel

Ellen, you smell. You think people will actually buy into your excuse?? Especially when YOU are a card-carrying member of the WGA?

I was an ardent fan of Ellen’s. But I’ve grown to hate her talk show. All she does is panders and fawns over a lot of these egotistical celebrities because she wants so badly to be part of the A-List crowd.
I do not think she is good at interviewing people, unless you call kissing ass an interviewing skill. Rosie O’Donnell was a crackerjack at interviewing her guests on her show–she was never boring. Her show always crackled.
Ellen tries too hard to be “nice” and is so bland when she’s not gushing over her latest celebrity guest that I zone out. She is no longer of the common people, and strikes me as somebody who only wants to associate with other celebrities to further her own celebrity-ism. That’s why she kisses ass so much. You don’t win Emmys by being a maverick–you win them by being politically in with those who vote. Ellen will cross any and all picket lines in order to keep winning emmys and keep her face on TV.

And she uses dog adoption as a publicity stunt. Ellen, STOP ADOPTING DOGS! First Lucy, now Iggy. I do not understand why you could not come up with a workable solution for either dog, given how big your property is. I think the dogs were TOO MUCH WORK and TROUBLE for her, so she decided to get rid of them instead of figuring out a workable solution with the cats. (Unless she is BLAMING the Cats instead of admitting SHE or her latest Girlfriend didn’t like the animals). And thanks to her crocodile tears on her TV show, the animal adoption agency has received death threats and harassing phone calls. Nice going, Ellen.

So she treats her writers like garbage? I am not surprised. I am a writer myself, and really hate people like Ellen who abuse their staff and blame them FOR HER FAILURE. Don’t get laughs? Maybe it’s the way you delivery the line, Ellen, and NOT the writer. So she crosses the picket line instead of supporting the WGA? Why is everybody so surprised? She doesn’t want to miss being on her show in her zeal to keep clawing up the Hollywood ladder. A person like her who dumps dogs at the drop of a hat and treats writers like crap doesn’t give a damn about people lower than herself on the Hollywood food chain. She only cares about herself.

 
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