Degeneres Under Fire For Crossing Picket Line

U.S. comedienne ELLEN DeGENERES is facing the wrath of angry Hollywood protesters - after failing to act in support of the screenwriters' strikes. While fellow U.S. talkshow hosts David Letterman, Jay Leno, Jon Stewart and Conan O'Brien have all stood in support of the striking members of the Writers Guild of America (WGA), DeGeneres crossed picket lines to tape her show Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday (06Nov07) - the day after the union went on strike. Defending her actions, she told the studio audience, "There's a writers' strike going on, and here in Los Angeles, it's a huge story. "I want to say I love my writers. I love them. In honour of them today, I'm not going to do a monologue. I support them and hope that they get everything they're asking for. And I hope it works out soon. In the meantime, people have traveled across the country. They've made plans. They're here. I want to do everything I can to make your trip enjoyable and give you a show." But it's a decision DeGeneres may come to regret, as screenwriters are already attacking her decision. One writer for her former 2001-2002 sitcom, The Ellen Show, reports she treated her writers "like s**t". The unnamed writer adds on his internet blog, "I'm disappointed in Ellen (for crossing the picket line) but not surprised... given what I've seen from her with my own two eyes." A TV insider tells the New York Post's PageSix, "DeGeneres is unwilling to honour the picket line because this is her last chance in show business. This show is the only thing keeping her from a lifetime of touring college campuses." A representative for the star has refused to comment.


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Ellen should have known better than to do that! Crossing the picket line...you just do not do. Been there...done that. Ellen has been in the news a good bit lately and a most of it is not doing her show any good. Don't get me wrong, I like Ellen and like her show, I just don't agree on some of the things she does. She is not above the law just because she has her own show and getting rich doing what she does. Her FANS are what made her FAMOUS! If she screws up it is her own fault if she is not SO POPULAR! (JUST LIKE THE PRESIDENT AND VISE PRESIDENT.)
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Oh for God Sake,LEAVE ELLEN ALONE !!!She is supportive but is under contract to do her job....other stars are working right now too. Maybe she is supporting the strike in other ways.Maybe she will decide to stop taping her show,the writer's haven't sriked in many years and I support the stike,let her do what she believes is right. I am a huge Ellen fan....other talk show hosts are still taping too !!!
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