Margaret Cho and Ellen DeGeneres have been besties for years. The great writer’s strike of 2007/2008, however, has put a strain on their working relationship.
The power of visibility can never be underestimated. For this, [Ellen] will always be my hero. She gave us the ultimate gift, herself, her true self, and with that gift, she made us all proud to be who we are. That is why when she asked me to do her show I was absolutely thrilled. I love her show! Especially the dancing!!! But with the writers on strike, I am unable to do it.
This was a very difficult decision to make. I absolutely love Ellen, for a million reasons and for a very long time, but because of the way that I was raised, because my political views are they way they are, because I believe that workers should have the power and the ability to make their lives better, because many of my close friends are the ones picketing, I cannot cross the picket line.
Does the Writer’s Guild not see that their frivolous “fair pay” protests are destroying people’s lives? Not to mention the staggering amount of books in danger of being read. It’s madness!