The Writers of E!’s Fashion Police Are Not Sitting Pretty
3:00 pm, April 6th | by Meredith Lepore
According to a new report from Deadline.com, things over at Fashion Police on the E! Network are really ugly. Writers on the show filed claims today with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) that could result in the cable TV network having to pay more than one million dollars in back wages. The writers allege that E! has broken state labor law by not compensating them for all of the regular and overtime hours they’ve worked. Come on Joan Rivers!
“The most I’ve been paid for a show has been for eight hours of work,” said one writer Eliza Skinner. “In reality, I put in anywhere from 12 to 32 additional hours on each show—time I should be compensated for. On top of that is all the unpaid overtime we regularly work. There are some shows where we are required to work 16-hour days, from 2:30 p.m. until around 5:30 the following morning.”
E! responded with a statement that says: “E! values our Fashion Police writers and we pay them fairly and in full legal compliance.”
“We love writing for Fashion Police, but the company needs to do the right thing and pay us fairly for all the hard work and time we put into it,” writer Bryan Cook said in a statement posted on the official website of the Writers Guild of America, which helped the writers with their filings. “We’ve helped make it one of the network’s top-rated shows and E! needs to start treating us like professional writers.”
Ugh, this is so dissappointing. But it is a relief to here that Kelly Osbourne isn’t coming up with all those clever things to say because I was literally two minutes away from actually liking her.
And E!, I love you. I mean you value the Garner/Affleck family trips to the local farmer’s market as much as I do but you need to pay your writers. That show would not work without the writers!