Striking writers mess with Carson

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When Carson Daly made the high-profile decision to cross the Writers Guild of America picket line and return to work on Last Call with Carson Daly, many striking union members hissed. Though Daly says his intentions were simply to give his crew their jobs back--they would have been laid off had he not opted to return--there was little doubt that there would be some form of retaliation from writers or supporters of the strike.

That retaliation hit Tuesday night, according to LA Weekly's Nikki Finke. According to a post on her blog (which is quickly becoming the epicenter of the WGA strike), several well-known writers sat in "incognito" for a taping of the show until they caused a scene in a successful attempt to disrupt the production.

According to sources, one writer started it off by heckling Daly during an interview with NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, telling Daly he "needed a writer" to ask better questions. Security quickly escorted the writer out, and Daly attempted to restart the interview.

When a frazzled Daly began the interview again, another writer allegedly stood up and shouted, "I feel so bad for the striking writers! Can I please leave?" He also pointed out that Daly was using cue cards, and asked who was providing the dialogue. That writer and two friends were then booted out of the studio.

With Rice confused and Daly shaken, one of the show's reps issued threats to the audience, saying any further disruptors would be prosecuted and told any other WGA members intent on heckling Daly to leave. Several members of the audience then stood up and walked out of the room.

Though the strike has mostly been peaceful, there have been some instances of WGA members causing havoc on sets. In the early days of the strike, the filming of an episode of CBS' Cane had to be shut down when writers intentionally chanted, screamed, and used a bullhorn near a location shot. Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria and Ellen DeGeneres have both been the target of verbal attacks by picketers for resuming work after the strike began.

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ok, this coyoteunknown dude is way out of line, seriously, comparing writers to terrorism? you're american aren't you? you just prove the rest of the world's point that americans have no global perspective because if americans did, they wouldn't be comparing writers to terrorists! You are also incredibly abusive yourself, if you haven't noticed no one wants YOU to support them, especially after they read your ramblings then this rambling the other guy that paid you out!
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I am tottaly behind the WGA!!! Intell my Fav shows come back I plan to read a book. That said, to evey one that says the writers should have new jobs, I say how when all the jobs are on hold for the strike. At lest all the TV jobs they could still wright books. Not that I'm bashing the writers just saying. I hope this dosnt go on too much longer I know that tons of people are out of work and thats never good.
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I think you need to rethink think many of those comments coyoteunknown. Obviously you have the right to feel this way, but much of what you say is uncalled for. Not because you are wrong, but because you call people monsters, and compare them to terrorists. Unions, and striking are part of American culture. Not always for the best, but it is part of our life.

Those who are not writers, who are losing money, can always feel free to find a different job, or do something part time, while this strike continues. They aren't starving to death. The actors and standup comedians realize the very importance of their writing staff. Without the writing staff these pople on television are nothing, and vice versa. These people are not replaceable because they have a proven talent at what they do. Plus the bonds that are formed between the writers will be affected if one of them is fired. It says a lot about these people to stand together and support one another. The politicians are supporting them, other unions have said they support them as well. Yes it sucks that we don't get to watch some quality television, but there are other things to do while we wait. I don't understand how you can call the writers selfish, yet say that you wouldn't want to work harder for less money. That is exactly what they are doing. I support the writers 100%, and applaud Leno, Conan, and all the rest who showed support during this difficult time. I think Carson could have done the same thing as the rest, and only gone back to work when it was necessary.
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If someone asked me to do more work for less money, I'd quit. There is more than one job out there. There's also someone willing to do your job, so you're always replaceable.

Furthermore, your responsibility should be towards yourself and your family. So I don't think anyone other than writers should participate in the strike. I'm glad Conan, Jay, Carson, and others are crossing the picket lines to save their staffs jobs. It's unfair and down right selfish of the writers to EXPECT you to quit your job for them.

What's going to happen, otherwise? The writers will get what they want, some of them will be replaced or fired. Meanwhile, anyone else that refused to come to work that weren't affiliated with the WGA will lose their jobs for deserting their jobs. The writers won't care and they won't strike for their pink slipped co-workers.

The writers are selfish, and anyone that blindly supports them, knowing how many people are being fired, how many people are losing their families, their dreams, their savings, and everything else... Well, if you support the writers after all they're doing, than you're just as big a monster as they are. So many people are being hurt by this strike, and not a damned one of them is a writer and not a damned one of them will get any benefit from this fiasco.

The actions some of these writers are taking are no different from the methods terrorists use to get their points across. They are making innocent people suffer, in an attempt to get THEIR way.

Again, I'll say. If you want to strike, go ahead. But *** dammit don't expect me to put my life and family on the line for your selfish ass. I can support you without putting myself in harms way.
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Talk about being petty! Just because Carson wants to kept his non-writter staff employed, he gets heat over it. Do these writters think about anybody else expect themselves, some of these staff members might have family, and all of these staff members have bill to paid. Do you think these companies care that they are out of work? No, they only care about if the payments are made.
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dust2 - love the comment
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Nobody has an obligation to anyone else, you are right about that, but that doesn't mean you can't do the right thing and stand up for those who are being mistreated. In this case it is the writers. Everyone believes that the wage one makes should equal the work one does. Writers have to work harder now than they have had to in the past because they are reaching more people, which means they need to make sure that the writing is quality (which is debatable). Furthermore, to capture even more of an audience, writers have been asked to create more work for the internet, and not received any compensation for their efforts. If someone asked you to do more work at your job, you too would ask for a raise in salary.



As for what happened on Carson Daly's show, he is the face of all the hardwork. Not to say he doesn't work hard (despite my absolute dislike for him), but he should support the people who support him. When the strike is over, the writers will remember who was helping them, and they can always choose not to give 100% effort. Carson could have done the same thing as Leno, Conan, and all the others, and shown support for his workers, and only gone back to work once it was necessary. I don't think the writers have done anything wrong by choosing to air their grievances with Carson during this time, in such a public way. He has brought this on himself by not being there for those who support him.
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Why would the writers lose your support because they a heckling Carson Dufus. Who cares. His career is over anyhow. This strike is the best thing to happen to TV since it was invented. Now people have to start thinking for themselves.

This strike is proof that the writers are more powerful than any other part of show business. People remember Shakespeare not the asshat that collected the shillings at the door- or even the candle-stick maker. Sorry lighting/key-grip my wanker.

No offense, its just the truth. And these guys know this. It's not a mystery to anyone unless they have an ego. They can get a job elsewhere making more money(contruction/etc). The writers can work as waiters... maybe. Anyhow, I'm so glad everyone is on strike. If TV was the outer limits, stargate sg-1, and dexter every day I'd be crushed. But.. it's more like two tards licking each others crotches really. SO I don't care. Now there's less trash to see everyday! Thanks!
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The writers began doing things like this? They just lost my support. That was a really stupid thing to do and it was unnecessary. Last Call isn't a great show by any means, but the WGA should leave the show alone if Carson decies to do it unwritten.
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Well at least this writers strike might get some kids out and about doing some exercise. thats about the only good thing to come of this.
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Dear writers,

You can be replaced. How many novelist are out there? People have to make a living including those who aren't writers in that union.



And why are some you protesting? If your show isn't on dvd or the wide web and is likely to NEVER be on dvd. Why bother?

And yes I'm talking to African American writers. The ones who have only written for African American shows.Aside from Girlfriends and Everybody Hates Chris.

Same with cartoon writers, most of your shows won't be seen on dvd due to copyrights and ownership (Muppet Babies, Alvin and The Chipmunks and others).

So get back to work. Because I don't want see Fox with a reality show-American write us a sitcom!
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It's funny how some of you kiss the writers' asses like they give a **** about you.
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Okay, even if you do support the Writer's Strike, Carson Daly is a non-WGA member. It's his choice to go back to work, and good for him. Now his crew and their families may get a chance to have Christmas this year. The grips, lighting co-ords, switchers etc. aren't people who have tons of spare money lying away to tide them over til' the strike is done, these are people who are getting screwed.

These writers should be taken out back and shot. He's not employing WGA 'scabs', just trying to continue on with his show while this strike drags on.

Seriously, I say screw the WGA. There's plenty of talent out there that never gets utilized. The writers aren't irreplaceable.

And to all the people who say this is going to have some sort of trickle down effect, where the "little guys" end up making money, get real. This is about the writers trying to get internet distribution and DVD residuals which the rest of the crew won't see a dime of.
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"C'mon, that's how a strike works. All have to stand united or it fails, therefore scabs gets screwded with. Those of you who have never been in a real strike should be quiet."

What's this "all" crap? Are the striking writers paying the salaries of the individuals whom are being fired because of them? Are the banks allowing these pink slipped workers to discontinue their house, car, and loan payments until the strike is over? How many Christmas's and dreams have been killed because of this ridiculous strike?

A strike is like a dictatorship. Either support them or they'll force/scare you into supporting them. As result, Strikes should be BANNED. This is America, we're supposed to be free to do as we please. If you want to strike because you're unhappy about your paycheck, go ahead. Don't you dare tell me to lose my job for your selfish ass.
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How petty and stupid can these writers get. Carson Daly is not a member of the WGA. This strike has recieved far too much support, even the networks dont want it to end. Reality tv has already proven that even if there is nothing but rubbish on we will still just sit there and watch rubbish. While this strike is on the The network CEO's can have a good laugh at the fact that they are spending a quarter of their budget and their viewing figures have only dropped 10% because none of the other channels have an quality programmes on either. The WGA is impotent its like here in England we had a large group of people who decided to not buy petrol for a day in protest against the high prices (we pay almost $10 a gallon).They had to fill up the next day! If you exerted your power on one company they would watch their ratings and profits Plummet ad their competition soar and would fold like a cheap hooker.
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strikeing Writers. Gee how long are they going to do this..this is avery peddy. Tv will not have any show you can watch all cause there is no agreement or they can't seem to settle this. Come on get with it.
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C'mon, that's how a strike works. All have to stand united or it fails, therefore scabs gets screwded with. Those of you who have never been in a real strike should be quiet.
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Wow, I actually had sympathy for the writers until now. That was really immature. I don't care for Carson Daly, but that was really mean spirited and rude. The man is just trying to help his crew, who were going to lose their jobs if Daly didn't return.
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The notion of democracy states that we are all equal.

It's funny that the same writers that claim they have the right to strike, undermine others rights by sabotaging their actions...

How democratic is that?????
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Wow. That's immature. Just because the writers don't want to get paid, doesn't mean the crew doesn't want to. GROW UP!
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Wow, interrupting a taping of a television show is REALLY mature. The WGA is out of line in this instance. It's one thing to picket the studios, but it's another thing entirely to go and interrupt someone else's show, regardless of how much they might suck. Carson really isn't that great, I'll hand you that. But under no circumstance, should anyone, WGA member or not, interrupt the taping of a television program.

I'm becoming more disgusted with the strike as it progresses. The AMPTP has caused the majority of my disgust, but now that the WGA are treading on a thin line here with this Carson crap.

It's okay if WGA members don't want to work during the strike. However, crew members and other people not on strike that work for these shows, including the lead ensembles or hosts, should not be critisized by anyone from the WGA for wanting to do their god damn job. This is pathetic.

I mean honestly, I don't think there is even an age to mark on how stupid it is to go and interrupt a live taping. Sounds like what a bunch of 14 year old pranksters would do.
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"I had no idea that so many people have no clue how unions work."



this is a quote from Tru__slayer down below. well clearly this user doesnt understand how REAL LIFE ENTERTAINMENT unions work.



seriously people stop talking about what it was like when we had no unions, or acting like how people dont understand how a union works.



For those that are in a union, what union is it? The local grocer baggers union? A construction workers union?



guess what? they arent really the same thing. Entertainment unions can often crush the true little man, ever heard of SAG? Most of the true sturggling actors cant even get into SAG, and many that do still dont get the benefits due to them.



It's much the way hollywood works in general, there are the big important people and then then the not so important, and thats how this strike is working out. The writers, while many of which range in pay and benefits, are much more well to do than the crew and others that are losing work over their dispute.



And once again need i remind you that there's a responsibility that comes with this kind of job. there are people that would kill for these kinds of jobs, but cant get them not matter how hard they try, and on top of that the writing on TV in the past decade has been relatively terrible, yeidling to horrid reality shows, as if a partial strike has been going on all that time anyway.



If anything i think it's time for the writers to put their money where their mouth is and start proving their worth a little more rather than demanding more money.



Not to mention Unions in general arent what they used to be, they have become mini corporation within themselves ironically.



so dont expect us to feel sympathy for people who have many others dream jobs, not because of the pay, but the passion one should have for it.
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Right now, there are no winners in this situation. The writers have to use every means at their disposal to get their point across. The networks can outlast them, so they have to use unconventional tactics. However, it's not fair to those crew members not involved in the strike whose jobs are in jeopardy. If Carson truly returned because he cares about his crew then good for him. I feel sorry that his show was disrupted and I feel sorry for the writers. Most of all I feel sorry for the viewing public.
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I'm feeling sorry for the people NOT being mentioned in this little financial struggle between the big wigs and the mini big wigs. And that's the little people. The cameramen, the stage coordinators, the grapplers, set designers, sound techs, etc. These people don't get a slice of the writer pie, you know what they get... they get to be in debt because they are now out of work and can't pay their bills or feed their families. This writers' strike is taking on a mob mentality. I think it was completely unprofessional of them to heckle someone because they dared to follow their own mind and care about someone other than themselves. Carson, Conen O‘Brien, these people are paying their own staff out of their own pockets to ensure these people have jobs. They are trying to help their fellow man instead of enriching their wallets. I say, shame on the writers striking and shame on the network producers who continue to fuel this debacle.
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i agree with coyoteunknown. Other people(and their paychecks) shouldnt be held hostage.
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GO WGA!!!!
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Go WGA! Full union support.
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While I don't care for the Carson Daly show, I admire him for doing what he feels is right. He's got to earn a living and so does the staff that works on that show.

At first I supported the strike, but after reading all these recent headlines about WGA Members and Writers heckling, verbally abusing, and ruining shoots. Well, let's just say I'd be happy if the strike never lifted, if new writers took the old writers jobs, and the old writers went bankrupt, lose their families, and lose everything they have. Not all of them mind you, but everyone of them in the Carson Daly audience as well as any other whose so damned childish that they have to "break every toy to ensure no one else gets to play with it."

Screw the WGA and the glorified story tellers. Hooray for everyone with the guts and courage to cross the picket line.
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I wish I was there for that! Wait....not really cause Carson is lame. :lol: Way to writers! Go mess with Ellen some more. She's a WGA member! What a loser. As for some of the comments below. Unions work together. If the writers get what they want, it will help everyone else. Yes this means the crew members too. I'm a part of a union and when all the local unions unite we all win. I had no idea that so many people have no clue how unions work.
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Now the writers are just being petty. They clearly don't give a damn about the people that actually make their shows happen. The level of disrespect they're presenting is pathetic. All they care about is putting money in their own pockets, no matter who they have to shove under the bus to do so.
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i`m really suprised that you folks seem to take the companys side inn this. I belive unions are a good thing and they only thing that stop large corperations form exploiting there workers. Just take a look at how it was befor unions were allowed or any country that still does not allow unions to figth for theiere workers.

I think part of the reason of the reason for the average persons dislike for this strike is that it harms them. Inn like they cant wache there fav tv program when they woude have liked. But really isn`T workers rigth more importent then you getting to see exatly what you want now ? I mean there are plenty of old show out there buy some dvd box sets see a movie. Or maybe you coulde go wild and do something completly diffrent with the time you usaly spend looking at tv. :)
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Hey, writers.



Daly has no obligation to you. If he wants to continue his show, that's his call.



You guys have a legit grip here, but crap like this is nonsense.
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Man, since it may be legitimate greivance i tried to grit my teeth through my much less exciting life left even more boring due to all my shows being proverbially put on hiatus or cancelled and replaced with even more god awful reality shows then i've endured for roughly the past 15 years already (writers? are you listening? reality shows taking over even while you are working makes me wonder if you really are worth what you think, you've been slipping anyway).



But this is starting to get annoying, it reminds of the crazy street protesters that did the same thing on Bill Mahers show and made sure to stagger the interruptions one at a time. These guys think that being short changed some money and doing this are an even trade? I hope if they do get the want that when they come back, they have to go through the same kind of nonsense people like Carson (who's show i dont even like) had to go through to simply save some people who actually liked to work their jobs.



Furthermore i hope they are held to much higher standards, attention writers! You kind of arent worth the trouble sometimes with all the drek you put out while you ARE working plus the lack of original shows on top of it, when you do come back, maybe if you are getting a higher salary, you should have to do a much better job of proving your value, and if all happened as it should, roughly 25% of you should be let go.



So there's the solution and it wouldnt cost any more money. Give the writers more right and pay, but expect actual quality work out of them, that way when alot of them lose their undeserved jobs, it frees up the extra money the ones left would oh so very much deserve.
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poor sports
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What a bunch of ignorant comments. The purpose of a union is not for greed or necessarily money, it's to keep a balance in power between employers and employees. The writers may make more than the average worker, but they are not "overpaid" as some think. They are also a part of the few unions that are actually capable of making demands on its employers, which is important for everyone to learn from. If you want to blame someone for being greedy and causing collateral damage then blame the network and media companies that have more than enough money to support staff and crew members during this strike. Otherwise, you can keep thinking it's the writers fault, which is exactly what these companies want you to think.
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Hope this ends as the viewers are the ones that are suffering and not the writers.
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crybabies
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Looks like the writers don't care much for crewmembers and their families.
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To hell with the strike!!!
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glad to see they take the high road, writers should lose support over this. Unions only look out for their own and screw over the rest. Get rid of all unions and let each work independently.
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Writers are a bunch of overpaid crybabies already. I wouldn't be shocked if someone who lost his job due to the WGA's greed shows up with an assault rifle somewhere with the way it keeps happening in this country.
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its not right for those wanting to earn money not being able to. People on the sets not management have to be taken into account. I dont think they are.
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Go WGA!
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