‘The View’ Finds A Way To Work Around WGA Strike

Whoopi Goldberg on The View / YouTube

Several television properties have shut down during the WGA strike, but The View found a way to work around this. While several late-night talk shows have gone dark without their writing teams, The View has kept going without writers. On Friday, the show found a new way to put out television without writers.

Here is what the daytime talk show did and what it could mean for the future.

The View keeps airing new episodes during WGA strike

While several shows have shut down production during the WGA strike, the ladies on The View are keeping on while their writers picket for fair wages and better treatment. The way the show has worked for the last week was that the women would just throw out an hour of Hot Topics and talk about it. One example from this week was Whoopi Goldberg asking how much underwear a person should pack for trips.

However, on Friday, they changed tactics, and once again, this didn’t require writers. In that episode, the hosts threw out three Hot Topics they discussed and then they switched to something brand new. Normally, the ladies have no guests on Fridays but that changed here.

Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen and Candice Bergen on The View / YouTube

To combat having no material thanks to the WGA strike, there were four guests who appeared for an interview to talk about the movie Book Club: The Next Chapter. These guests included Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen, Mary Steenburgen, and Jane Fonda. This allowed the show to use up 20 minutes of time as the hosts talked candidly with the four actors.

This comes a week and a half after the WGA went on strike. This started on The View on May 2 when Whoopi Goldberg let the audience know that they had no writers during the WGA strike. She said this means the audience will now hear what they really sound like when talking without someone writing their material.

What shows are missing during the WGA strike?

The Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) went on strike on May 1. The main sticking point for the WGA is the streaming services and the lack of transparency on the financial side of things. Unlike movies, where box office numbers are public and help everyone involved get a share in the profits, that does not exist for shows and movies hitting services like Netflix, Disney+, and the like.

The hosts of The View / YouTube

There are also problems for the WGA when it comes to AI or artificial intelligence and the thought that computers could write television and movie scripts instead of humans. Until the studios answer the concerns on those two topics, the strike should continue.

This has caused several shows to shut down production. Saturday Night Live has gone dark and won’t return until the strike ends. Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Stephen Colbert, and Jimmy Kimmel have all shuttered their late-night talk shows in solidarity as well. Scripted shows like Stranger ThingsCobra KaiThe Handmaid’s Tale, and Yellowjackets also stopped production.

What are your thoughts on The View since the WGA strike started and they have to come up with their own material? Let us know in the comments below.

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