CBS Daytime's The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless are facing some very serious allegations, following a bombshell Deadline Hollywood exposé on writers allegedly being forced to take waivers. The scathing article alleges, "more and more soap opera writers are being 'bullied' by producers into requesting waivers from the WGA to take pay cuts."
Reportedly, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) is receiving the lion's share of complaints about B&B and Y&R. The WGA's Minimum Basic Agreement outlines soaps are to give each writer one assignment per week. Writers can ask for waivers to lighten their workload if they have an illness or a family emergency.
Deadline's sources are claiming soap producers have been "gaming the system by bullying less-favored writers into requesting waivers to reduce their assignments by one or more a month, even though they actually want to continue working full time. " According to the entertainment new website, the WGA granted 23 waivers for writers from June 2014 through June 2015. Sixteen were for B&B. Six waivers were granted for Y&R and just one to a writer on Days Of Our Lives.