Writers not happy with Ellen DeGeneres
Yup, she's working.
Ellen DeGeneres crossed the picket line and went back to work hosting her TV talk show, and writers aren't happy about it at all. In the opening of her show today, she told the audience that she wasn't going to do a monologue and that she loves and supports the writers, but she wanted to go on with the show for the studio audience that had traveled a long way to see her show.
Writers aren't happy. In fact, Dan Tobin, who was a writer on her 2001-2002 sitcom The Ellen Show (that's the one where she was an ex-dot com exec who moved back to her small hometown) says on his strike blog (not the site listed in the NY Post story, which is wrong) that Ellen has always treated her writers badly. Well, those weren't the exact words but I cleaned them up. Tobin says that she was smiling and happy for the cameras but terrible to writers when the camera was off and never really thanked them. In fact, he says that she boasted about firing the first season's head writer, who later went on to win two Emmys and create Arrested Development.