Dermot Mulroney, the star of “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and other, more recent films like “Young Guns,” “Point of No Return,” and “Secret Invasion” recently appeared on ABC’s “The View” and, during his appearance, walked off the show in a show of solitary with the striking Writers Guild of America.
That came several minutes into the episode, during which Mulroney asked the hosts if they were about to cut to a commercial break. Joy Behar responded, saying, “We are.” That’s when Mulroney got up and walked off the show to show his support for the striking writers.
Explaining why he did so, he said, “First — I want to do this symbolically and in solidarity with the writers.” Continuing, he then added, “I’m going to walk off your show. I’ll see you on the picket lines.” At that point, he walked off the show.
That came in the middle of an interview that was generally going well and smoothly. It covered Mulroney’s past roles in Hollywood, his current Disney+ series, called “Secret Invasion,” and how to have longevity in Hollywood. He also covered things like family life, work ethic, and building a career in the industry.
Mulroney, speaking about the incident in a statement to Variety, said, “Since I have such respect for ‘The View,’ a news program with a heart, it was there that I felt comfortable enough to draw attention to the ongoing WGA strike for fair wages and working hours, as I find it incredibly important to continue to support the union.”
The hosts weren’t overly perturbed by him walking off. Though pre-recorded, the segment aired with him walking off and Behar plugged his new Disney+ show was they cut to commercials. Watch the incident here, at around the 8:00 minute mark:
The Writers Guild Strike has now gone on for more than 60 days and shows no real signs of resolution. Recently, hundreds of other union members in the Hollywood area joined those writers in protesting. As Variety reported, the Teamsters showed up along with SAG-AFTRA, DGA, IATSE, the American Federation of Musicians, and other, smaller unions. They protested to show solidarity with the writers.
During the protest, an “auteur,” Boots Riley, said, “We’re not just fighting for us right now. In the last three years there’s been over 2,900 strikes in the U.S. They’re scared of what’s going on. They’re scared of how militant, how ready to fight we’ve become.”
Since the strike began, many of the shows that rely on writers to do well, such as the late night shows, have been seriously hurt. Others that are less scripted, like “The View,” have been impacted far less than those that are generally scripted for the whole show.
The strikers allege that the pace of writing demanded by shows is unsustainable and out of touch with reality, with the sped-up schedules making the job more difficult and stressful. The striking writers allege, “We are forced to write at a break-neck, unsustainable pace” and claim that media conglomerates have been exploiting a shifting landscape to squeeze more out of their writers.