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Had the Writers Guild not gone on strike last week, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres would be all set to bring her brand of daytime goofiness to New York City next week for some special episodes. But with the striking writers vowing to protest, Ellen has opted to remain in sunny California.

While many shows have shut down production as a result of the strike, Ellen has remained on the air, citing contractual obligations. And now, with the news of this latest cancellation, the Writers Guild is claiming a small victory. ”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,” said Michael Winship, president of the Writer’s Guild East, in a statement issued Wednesday.

However, a rep for the show has downplayed the decision saying only, ”We make changes all of the time. Our schedule is always fluid.”

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