STRIKE COVERAGE: Ellen DeGeneres Cancels New York Tapings

Decision to Return to Work Caused Battle Between WGA, AFTRA

Writers Guild of America East


Michael Winship

said Tuesday that his organization is “delighted” that

Ellen DeGeneres

canceled show tapings in New York scheduled for Nov. 19 and 20.

Ellen DeGeneres

"She knows that the Writers Guild East would have been there to protest her lack of solidarity not only with her Guild writing staff, but all the striking members of the Writers Guild, of which she is a member," Winship said. "We will be even more delighted if she does not cross the Guild picket lines at the NBC Studios in Burbank [Calif.], where her show usually is produced."

DeGeneres’ decision to return to work on the second day of the strike last week has been a source of debate between the WGA and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists .

A Telepictures spokesperson confirmed the cancellation but did not give a reason for the change in plans.