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'Saturday Night Live' star Bowen Yang: 'We've got a few good shows left' before WGA strike

Saturday Night LiveRegularYang Bowen Hoping to prepare a new episode of the skit comedy show this week. Instead, he joined other members of the Writers Guild of America on the picket line since the union strike for more than years.

“I’m really disappointed. I think we have some good shows left. We’re all off Monday and ready to work,” Yang said at Netflix’s Manhattan offices. Tell The Hollywood Reporter while outside picketing. “Pete [Davidson] is really excited about hosting, even though he knows there’s a big asterisk this week and there’s a chance it won’t happen. I think we’re all ready to give it our all for the next three weeks before the end of the season. Go.”

and several other late night shows , SNL Tuesday shutdown trade union call strike. Yang and several other actors are also members of WGA.

Yang said he feels the most about “the new cast and writers who started [this season SNL]—they didn’t Chances are ringing at the end of their first show season, which is always an important milestone.” The WGA and the Motion Picture and Television Producers Union, which represent studios and streamers, have yet to set a date for resuming talks, but due to a final meeting between the two sides on Monday, Far apart in one session, a quick resolution seems unlikely.

Yang, who described himself as a “proud guild member”, said he was hesitant after seeing a WGA document stating that AMPTP did not even object to a new contract proposed by several unions. feel depressed”. “The fact that most views are being rejected outright is really devastating and worrying,” he told THR. “So I’m here for the rest of the union. member, trying to put pressure on the movie company.”

Yang was originally a writer for SNL at and join the cast in the next season. He is also a member of SAG-AFTRA, whose contract expires at the end of June. “I feel very lucky that I have a mix of both,” he said. “A lot of people in this industry are members of multiple guilds and I think it’s important that we show some solidarity between the unions – especially since they’re also negotiating with the union.”

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