One day after the writers strike began, Ellen DeGeneres crossed the picket line to tape an episode of her show on Tuesday. She skipped her usual monologue in honor of her writers who she says she loves, but she didn’t want to disappoint the audience who “traveled across the country.” However, shortly after word of her strikebreaking spread, some writers who worked on Ellen’s sitcom are saying she’s full of crap. Page Six reports:
“We’d watch her in rehearsals, smiling and winning us over with her charm and comic timing. Then the director would yell cut, her face would fall, and she’d level a glare at the writers. ‘Why do you keep writing these unfunny jokes?’ she’d hiss.
“Ellen frequently eviscerated the head writer and . . . boasted of the changes she’d make in season two, starting with his firing.”
“I’m disappointed in Ellen [for crossing the picket line] but not surprised . . . given what I’ve seen from her with my own two eyes.”
Another source for Page Six offered his insight on the situation:
A TV insider said DeGeneres is unwilling to honor the picket line because “this is her last chance in show business. This show is the only thing keeping her from a lifetime of touring college campuses.”
Are college students even into Ellen DeGeneres? Last time I checked they were into things like Dave Matthews, Ultimate Frisbee and Facebook which, now that I think about it, are all ridiculously gay. Hmm, maybe this Ellen on campus thing could work out. That’s good for her considering no one wants to write for her again. Especially not me. I thought the pilot I wrote where Ellen ran a sushi bar was not only witty but informative. Ellen thought it was worth a taser to the nads followed by a restraining order. Creative differences, I suppose.