Ellen DeGeneres won’t be coming to New York anytime soon.
The lesbian comedienne came under fire from her fellow Writers Guild of America members for working during the current strike. In a blistering letter released last week, the WGA announced plans to ruin Ellen’s Big Apple Adventure:
[We will] certainly let Ellen know our dissatisfaction in person if she decides to proceed with the shows she has scheduled [and] make our voices heard the preceding week if she tries to pre-tape comedy segments on location.
Ellen claims that though she supports her writer peers, her American Federation of Television and Radio Artists contract prevents her from striking. No wonder the AFTRA’s national director wrote Ellen a letter praising her “support” for the writers, but then thanked her for honoring her AFTRA obligations: “…Thank you for your stand for solidarity with your fellow union members”. What AFTRA mean, of course, is “Strike and your dead, girlfriend”.