Optimistic Fran Drescher Rebukes Criticism Of Her SAG-AFTRA Leadership: “I Can Be Me”

Deep in negotiations with the studios in trying to seal the deal on a new three-year contract, SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher made it very clear today, she leads in her own way.

“I can lead with empathy, I can be me,” said Drescher in a video this morning posted on social media.

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Drescher added: “I’m getting ready now to go to work, and I just want you to know that I feel a sense of strength, not anger, and I feel a sense of optimism, not negativity.”

That optimism may be welcomed words as the actors guild strike hits its 111th day today. The AMPTP and SAG-AFTRA have started their latest round of renewed talks on Oct. 24 with more conversations scheduled for today.

Simultaneously refuting and mocking criticism of her leadership style, the recently overwhelmingly- re-elected guild boss also noted in the edited video that she “can still rock a red lip.”

See Drescher’s video here:

Drescher’s remarks come as SAG-AFTRA and allies congregate for a unity picket at Disney today.

Combatting a months-long whispering campaign against her, Wednesday’s Instagram by Drescher is not the first time that the Nanny star has addressed attacks on her style and leadership.

In a guest column on Deadline on Saturday, Oct. 21, the 100th day of the SAG-AFTRA strike, Drescher slammed the old residual system that the studios were using in the streaming era.

“What they fail to realize is that my members are living in the dystopia that streaming services have created for those who make their living in the entertainment industry,” writes the guild boss.

“These working actors are not flying on private jets or sailing on personal yachts. Quite the opposite, in fact, with 86% of our 160,000 members unable to meet the $26,474 threshold to even qualify for health benefits,” she added.

“This is unsustainable.”

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