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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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‘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 »

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