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Joan Rivers says she has not violated her six-week-old agreement with the Writers Guild of America East and that she supports the striking writers on “Fashion Police.”

“It is time for the focus to be on getting the writers a contract, not using me as a scapegoat,” Rivers said, who host the show on E!

The WGA East, which has been backing the strike by writers on E! network’s “Fashion Police,” blasted Rivers on Thursday for a recent interview in which she backed E!’s position — that any unionization election would have to be administered by the National Labor Relations Board before it agrees to negotiate a contract. She referred to the striking scribes as “poor shmuck writers” and added, “Everyone is posturing, like, ‘My dick is bigger than your dick.’”

In a statement Thursday, WGA East president Michael Winship called the comments “derisive and crude” and added, “What »

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