Fash­ion Po­lice aim at Rivers

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TELEVISION -

JOAN Rivers is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a back­lash from the writ­ers of Fash­ion Po­lice. The E! net­work show’s writ­ers are on strike for un­paid wages that amount to around $15 mil­lion col­lec­tively.

The 80-year-old co­me­dian is the sub­ject of a new video which de­tails her lack of sup­port for the peo­ple com­pos­ing scripts and jokes on the pro­gram.

In the clip ti­tled Dear Joan: Can We Talk?, nine un­happy work­ers com­plain the star re­fuses to help out with the labour dis­pute.

‘‘Ac­tions speak louder than words: If Joan sup­ported the writ­ers this would be over,’’ says Jackie Beat in the three-minute video.

They shared plans to join the Writ­ers Guild of Amer­ica West, an or­gan­i­sa­tion Rivers is a part of.

The WGA re­port­edly helped to file the case against Rivers and told their 12,000 mem­bers not to work on the show un­til all is set­tled.

‘‘The fact that she’s not just a star, but she’s a mem­ber of the Writ­ers Guild, and she won’t sup­port fel­low Writ­ers Guild mem­bers is just as­ton­ish­ing,’’ says Ned Rice. ‘‘It’s just a ba­sic fair­ness is­sue.’’

The pro­gramme sees Kelly Os­bourne, Gi­u­liana Ran­cic and Ge­orge Kot­siopou­los as co-hosts.

River’s 45-year-old daugh­ter Melissa Rivers serves as a pro­ducer on the celebrity show.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the funny woman told the New York Post’s Page Six in April she ‘‘sup­ports the Fash­ion Po­lice writ­ers, and wants a fair agree­ment for them’’.

Work ground to a halt on April 17 when the writ­ers filed com­plaints with the state of Cal­i­for­nia claim­ing E! and River’s Rugby Pro­duc­tions, which jointly em­ploys them, had not paid funds in­clud­ing over­time.

The net­work has main­tained it will not give the union recog­ni­tion with­out an elec­tion su­per­vised by the National La­bor Re­la­tions Board, ac­cord­ing to Va­ri­ety.

Fash­ion Po­lice: Sun­day, Mon­day, Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day, var­i­ous times, E! Chan­nel.

Joan Rivers

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