Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Ellen DeGeneres cancels NYC show tapings

Ellen DeGeneres cancels NYC show tapings

NEW YORK - Ellen DeGeneres has pulled the plug on plans to tape her show next week in New York, where Writers Guild East members had vowed to protest her decisionMichael Winship, president of the East Coast branch of the Writers Guild, said the organization was "delighted" with DeGeneres' decision to stay on the West Coast.

"She knows that the Writers Guild East would have been there to protest her lack of solidarity, not only with her Guild writing staff but all the striking members of the Writers Guild, of which she is a member," Winship said in a statement issued Wednesday.

Laura Mandel, a representative for "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," confirmed Wednesday that DeGeneres had scrapped the trip. When asked whether the cancellation was related to the strike, Mandel said: "We make changes all of the time. Our schedule is always fluid."

The strike by television and film writers entered its 10th day Wednesday. While production on several talk shows was immediately halted, DeGeneres has stayed put. She told her studio audience last week that while she supported the striking writers, she was obligated under contract to continue her hosting duties.


to stay on the air during their strike


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