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Behind The Writers' Strike At E!'s 'Fashion Police'

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 23: A general view of atmosphere during the picket and rally in support of striking Fashion Police writers at E! TV headquarters heald at E! Entertainment Television on May 23, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage) | Getty

It was a Sunday afternoon in February, and the "Fashion Police" writers had taken their seats around the large wooden dining-room table in the Pacific Palisades home of Melissa Rivers, the show's executive producer. Her mother, Joan Rivers, lords over these four-to-five-hour joke fests, during which each writer pitches snarky celebrity-fashion dos and don'ts that they've spent the past few days crafting. Joan laughs at the funny ones and politely passes over the others; eventually a handful of one-liners will be selected, many of which Joan will tweak and deliver, improvlike, on-camera ("[Jennifer Lawrence] called me, she said she was so embarrassed that she had fallen, and I said, 'Relax my darling, it's not the first time a girl got on all fours on her way to getting an Oscar'").

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