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Why Bill Maher’s Strike Return Is Different, According to WGA President – The Hollywood Reporter



WGAW President Meredith Stiehm says there’s a distinction within the backlash and anger over discuss present hosts like Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Hudson and Invoice Maher returning, and that’s that solely one in every of them is a Writers Guild member.

Throughout a quick interview on Thursday for CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, Stiehm addressed the criticisms that a number of Hollywood hosts have confronted as they’ve introduced plans to renew manufacturing on WGA-covered exhibits almost 140 days into the continued strike.

For the WGA chief, backlash and accusations of scabbing are totally different for these like Maher and SAG-AFTRA member Barrymore, who on Friday supplied one other, equally criticized, assertion on her resolution to return her self-titled daytime discuss present to air regardless of the AMPTP and WGA not but having a brand new contract.

“There is a distinction between Bill Maher and the others because he is a Writers Guild member. The others, I believe, are SAG members, and they may have waivers to do the shows. I’m not sure. But he’s a Writers Guild member, and he’s going back to work, so yes, a lot of people are saying that’s scabbing,” she mentioned. “There’s definitely some anger that he’s doing that.”

Stiehm went on to echo a degree in response to sure hosts’ choices to renew amid an ongoing work stoppage after hosts like Maher, and Barrymore once more at this time, have pointed to eager to get their lower-paid crew members again to work regardless of different exhibits and their employees having to stay paused.

“There are other hosts of shows that are taking care of their shows by paying for them themselves,” she informed Tapper. “We’re all worried about our crews, and the ripple effect that the work stoppage has created.”

On Wednesday, Maher introduced over X (the platform previously generally known as Twitter), that his present Actual Time can be coming again “sans writers or writing.”

“It has been five months, and it is time to bring people back to work. The writers have important issues that I sympathize with and hope they are addressed to their satisfaction, but they are not the only people with issues, problems and concerns,” he wrote. “I’m not prepared to lose an entire year and see so many below-the-line people suffer so much.”

Maher added that when the present returns, he plans to “honor the spirit of the strike by not doing a monologue” and different scripted parts just like the “New Rules” section.

Throughout the final week, Maher, Barrymore, The Jennifer Hudson Present and The Discuss, that are all WGA-covered exhibits, have introduced that they’ll start manufacturing as soon as once more regardless of the work stoppage which started on Might 2. The Drew Barrymore Present and The Discuss have already been met with pickets, with pickets for The Jennifer Hudson Present anticipated.

In a earlier assertion responding to Maher’s announcement, the WGA mentioned the Actual Time host’s “resolution to return on the air whereas his Guild is on strike is disappointing.

“If he goes forward with his plan, he needs to honor more than ‘the spirit of the strike,’” it continued. “As a WGA member, Bill Maher is obligated to follow the strike rules and not perform any writing services. It is difficult to imagine how Real Time can go forward without a violation of WGA strike rules taking place. WGA will be picketing this show.”

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