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SNL’s Bowen Yang on Why He Joined WGA Picket Line – The Hollywood Reporter



Saturday Evening Dwell common Bowen Yang hoped to be getting ready for a brand new episode of the sketch comedy present this week. As a substitute, he joined fellow members of the Writers Guild of America on the picket strains because the union strikes for the primary time in additional than 15 years.

“I’m really disappointed. We had a few good shows left, I think. We all came back rested and ready to work on Monday,” Yang advised The Hollywood Reporter as he picketed exterior Netflix’s workplaces in Manhattan. “Pete [Davidson] was very excited to host, even though he knew there was a big asterisk on the week and there was a looming possibility it might not happen. I think we were all ready to give it our all for the next three weeks before the season ended.”

Together with a number of different late-night reveals, SNL shut down manufacturing on Tuesday after the union known as the strike. Yang and several other different solid members are additionally members of the WGA.

Yang stated he felt most for “the new cast and the new writers who started out [on SNL this season] — they didn’t get a chance to ring in the end of their first season, which is always a big milestone.” The WGA and the Alliance of Movement Image and Tv Producers, representing studios and streamers, haven’t set a time to renew negotiations, however with the 2 sides far aside at their final talks on Monday, a fast decision appears unlikely.

Calling himself a “proud guild member,” Yang stated he was “demoralized” after seeing a WGA doc noting that the AMPTP didn’t even counter a number of union proposals for a brand new contract. “The fact that most of the points were just outright rejected is really devastating and concerning,” he advised THR. “So I’m here to join with the rest of the union to try to put pressure on the studios.”

Yang began as a author on SNL in 2018 and joined the solid the next season. He’s additionally a member of SAG-AFTRA, whose personal contract is up on the finish of June. “I feel very lucky that I’m intersecting in both those things,” he stated. “A lot of people in the industry are members of multiple guilds, and I think it’s important that we show some solidarity as we can among the unions — especially since they’re also negotiating with the alliance.”

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