Joan Rivers Fires Back At “Hurtful” Guild Slam Over ‘Fashion Police’ Strike

By | Friday November 22, 2013 @ 8:34am PST

She may have called striking Fashion Police scribes “schmuck writers” and “idiots”, and was slammed earlier this week by the WGA East, but a “stunned” Joan Rivers today says she is “supportive of the striking writers” (read the full statement below). The comedian also says she “just learned that E! and the WGA are having an election” on the over 6-month labor action and hopes the FP writers will soon be covered by a WGA contract. Here’s her statement:

I am stunned by the WGAE’s recent personal attacks and allegations that I breached the Settlement Agreement in connection with the WGAE Charges. I am supportive of the striking writers. I am hopeful that the writers will soon be covered by a WGA Contract as I have just learned that E! and the WGA are having an election in early December. As a long standing member of the WGAE, I am greatly confused and disturbed by Mr. Winship’s unprofessional and hurtful statements about my character – It is time for the focus to be on getting the writers a contract, not using me as a scapegoat.

According to Ms. Rivers’ counsel at the law firm of Loeb & Loeb, “Joan Rivers has fully complied with the terms of the Settlement Agreement. The statements that Mr. Winship attributes to Ms. Rivers do not violate the Settlement Agreement.”

The seemingly about-face remarks come a day after WGAE president Michael Winship called her out for “reprehensible” comments about the FP writers in an online interview last week. “We are exploring all options,” Winship added Thursday about possible repercussions. Read More »

Comments (17)

WGA East Slams Joan Rivers Over “Reprehensible” Remarks About ‘Fashion Police’ Writers

By | Thursday November 21, 2013 @ 8:47am PST

Calling striking Fashion Police scribes “schmuck writers” and “idiots”, Joan Rivers is back in hot water with the Writers Guild of America East. “Her latest statement egregiously violates the spirit of the rest of the settlement,” said … Read More »

Comments 29

WGAW Expels ‘Fashion Police’ Scribe For Writing During Strike

By | Monday October 14, 2013 @ 10:44am PDT

Joan Rivers escaped the Writers Guild of America’s wrath but Fashion Police scribe Larry Amoros has not. After a September 30 hearing, the WGAW board voted on October 11 to expel the guild member for writing … Read More »

Comments (18)

Joan Rivers Settles With WGA East Over ‘Fashion Police’ Dispute

By | Monday October 7, 2013 @ 11:43am PDT

As part of the deal struck today between Joan Rivers and the WGA East, the Fashion Police host said that she will not “render any writing services even though as a comedian and SAG-AFTRA host, I often write material for myself.” The WGA East had set an October 14 disciplinary hearing in New York to determine whether the E! host violated the union’s rules by writing and performing showrunner duties for the E! Network show during its current writers strike. Action could have resulted in Rivers becoming the first member of that guild to be tossed, and she had called the trial board hearing “a bunch of bullsh*t“. Former writers for show have been on strike since mid-April for over $1 million in back wages and overtime. Rivers and the network contend have that Rivers played no part in the situation that led to the dispute. Read More »

Comments (8)

Joan Rivers Gets October Date For WGA East ‘Fashion Police’ Hearing

By | Tuesday September 10, 2013 @ 12:11pm PDT

Over a month ago, Joan Rivers called the upcoming Writers Guild of America East trial board hearing over her role on Fashion Police, “a bunch of bullshit.” Next month, the veteran comedienne and longtime … Read More »

Comments (6)

Joan Rivers Calls WGA Hearing “Bulls**t”

By | Friday August 2, 2013 @ 4:31pm PDT

The veteran comedienne and longtime Writers Guild of America member doesn’t want to talk, she wants to call the union out. “This is such a bunch of bullshit. E! should hire Anthony Weiner to work with … Read More »

Comments 22

UPDATE: ‘Fashion Police’ Writers Strike Is “Issue Between E! & WGA” Says Joan Rivers Manager

By | Wednesday July 10, 2013 @ 3:05pm PDT

UPDATE, 3:05 PM: Joan Rivers‘ reps haven’t heard anything from anyone at the WGA about the TV host violating union rules and any trial board hearing over her role on Fashion Police. Read More »

Comments (19)

Striking ‘Fashion Police’ Writers Slam “Non-Receptive” Joan Rivers: Video

By | Tuesday July 9, 2013 @ 10:42am PDT

At the same time as Fashion Police‘s writers have been embroiled in a labor dispute with E! and host Joan Rivers‘ production company, the show has been airing new episodes every week — some of … Read More »

Comments 52

‘Fashion Police’ Writers Chant On Picket Lines: “Give Us Back Our Paycheck B****”

By | Thursday May 23, 2013 @ 12:25pm PDT

Ross Lincoln is a Deadline contributor

UPDATE, 12:25 PM: The protest just wrapped up around its scheduled 12:30 PM target. Among the speakers was writer Bryan Cook, who addressed the picketers that reached about 150 in number and … Read More »

Comments 69

WGA Sets Rally For Striking ‘Fashion Police’ Writers

By | Monday May 20, 2013 @ 4:39pm PDT

Less than a week after E! President Suzanne Kolb told striking writers on Fashion Police that their guild is the real enemy, the WGA has organized a rally in support of the picketers. In … Read More »

Comments (3)

E! Tells Striking ‘Fashion Police’ Writers That WGA Costing Them Money

By | Wednesday May 15, 2013 @ 12:21pm PDT

E! president Suzanne Kolb wants the writers who went on strike in early April against the Joan Rivers-hosted Fashion Police to know that the WGA West is their real enemy not the network. … Read More »

Comments (15)

Striking Writers on E!’s ‘Fashion Police’ Clarify Their Stance

By | Friday April 26, 2013 @ 8:51am PDT

The scribes who went on strike last week against E!‘s Joan Rivers-hosted panel series Fashion Police and Rivers’ production company have sent another response to the network. They say E! has falsely characterized the situation by suggesting … Read More »

Comments (4)

2ND UPDATE: ‘Fashion Police’ Writers Accuse E! Of Employing “Stalling Tactic”

By | Wednesday April 17, 2013 @ 5:00pm PDT

2ND UPDATE 5 PM: The striking Fashion Police writers just issued a statement in response to E!’s memo earlier today:

The election the Company is calling for is a well-known stalling tactic. By ignoring for weeks our repeated requests for negotiation of a fair deal, E! has forced us to vote with our feet. The best way our fellow Guild member Joan Rivers can show us her support is by putting down her pen until a WGA contract is in place.

UPDATE 1:20 PM: E! is reacting to this morning’s move by the writers on the cable network’s popular series Fashion Police to walk off the job in a quest for WGA representation. In an internal memo to E! staff, the network’s president Suzanne Kolb said E! brass are “disappointed” by the action and ready to sit down immediately for negotiations with WGA representatives. (full memo below). Meanwhile, Fashion Police co-host Joan Rivers, whose company co-produces the series with E!, “has gone on record repeatedly that she supports the Fashion Police writers and wants a fair agreement for them,” E! said. Read More »

Comments 78

‘Fashion Police’ Writers Now File Labor Complaints Against Joan Rivers’ Company

By | Wednesday April 10, 2013 @ 11:53am PDT

Joan RiversThere are more labor problems for Fashion Police. Today host Joan Rivers’ Rugby Productions had complaints filed against it by four more writers on the E! series. The scribes’ latest claims … Read More »

Comments (13)

UPDATE: ‘Fashion Police’ Writers Say E! Broke State Labor Laws & Owe $1M In Wages

By | Wednesday April 3, 2013 @ 1:09pm PDT

UPDATE, 1:09 PM: E! has responded to the claims that Fashion Police writers have made to the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement office that the network owes them more than $1 million in back wages. “E! values our Fashion Police writers and we pay them fairly and in full legal compliance,” the network said today. The WGA West helped the reality TV scribes with the filing to the DLSE against the non-unionized show.

PREVIOUSLY, 11:38 AM: E!’s Joan Rivers-hosted fashion-dish panel show Fashion Police ran afoul of California law by not compensating its writers for all of the regular and overtime hours they’ve worked, according to a filing with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement office. Though the show is not unionized, the WGA West helped the writers with the legal paperwork and sent out this release today:

Los Angeles – Writers on E!’s Fashion Police filed claims today with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) that could result in the cable TV network having to pay more than one million dollars in back wages. The writers allege that E! has broken state labor law by not compensating them for all of the regular and overtime hours they’ve worked.

According to the writers, Fashion Police ignores the California laws that require an employer to pay hourly employees their regular wage rate for all time worked in an eight-hour period. In addition, the law requires paying overtime for employment beyond eight hours in any workday or more than 40 hours in any workweek.

Read More »

Comments 45