What is the big deal with Ellen Degeneres and now Carson Daly going back to work on their talk shows?
Ellen is a member of the WGA, so the WGA is disappointed that she has chosen to cross the picket lines… even though she isn’t actually writing anything or employing scab writers for the show. The president of the Writer’s Guild East, Michael Winship, stated that, All the other talk show-variety hosts like Letterman, Leno, Jon Stewart and Conan OBrien have been in solidarity with us.” The WGA East actually issued a statement about her returning to work that read, [Ellen] isnt welcome in New York when she lands in the city to tape her daytime talker.” Harsh words considering no one is taking Dr. Phil, Oprah or Regis & Kelly to task for continuing their daytime television work. The case of Daly is truly a unique one though and one that needs to be separated into two distinct parts. PART ONE: Daly does not write and is not a member of the WGA. He is as much a member of the WGA as Alex Rodriguez, Brian Boitano and, hell, Dick Cheney. Daly was recently informed that if he didn’t come back