SAG president Alan Rosenberg has announced that not one of the more than 70 actors nominated for a Golden Globe will attend the Jan. 13 ceremonies because of the WGA's plans to picket the event.
The Globes have been thrown into turmoil and uncertainty due to the WGA's refusal to grant a strike waiver to struck Globes producer Dick Clark Prods., which offered to accept the same terms as David Letterman's Worldwide Pants banner. Instead, the guild has said it will picket the Globes, skedded to air on NBC, which has become a prime target of the WGA's strike campaign in the past few weeks.
Rosenberg, who made the announcement Friday afternoon, has been a staunch supporter of the two-month strike.
"After considerable outreach to Golden Globe actor nominees and their representatives over the past several weeks, there appears to be unanimous agreement that these actors will not cross WGA picket lines to appear on the Golden Globe Awards as acceptors or presenters," he said. "We applaud our members for this remarkable show of solidarity for striking Writers Guild of America writers."
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WGA CALLS OUT LENO FOR RULE BREAKING
That was the official message from the WGA to Jay Leno -- you can't write jokes for yourself without breaking the guild's strike rules because NBC is a struck company. The Peacock fired back by insisting that the guild's rules are illegal.
The moves came Thursday afternoon after Leno delivered a self-written monologue in his return to the air Wednesday night. "The Tonight Show" host, who initially made an ostentatious display of supporting the writers, delivered a scripted assortment of opening jokes and insisted he was following WGA guidelines.
"I write jokes and wake my wife up in the middle of the night and say, 'Honey, is this funny?' So if this monologue doesn't work, it's my wife's fault," Leno said during the opening. "We are not using outside guys. We are following the guild thing. We can write for ourselves."
The guild, however, issued its own statement Thursday: "A discussion took place today between Jay Leno and the Writers Guild to clarify to him that writing for 'The Tonight Show' constitutes a violation of the guild's strike rules."