- Drew Barrymore reverses course, halts show during writers’ strike
- Barrymore faces backlash for show’s return amid strikes
- Barrymore apologizes for any harm caused
After receiving significant backlash, Drew Barrymore announced on Sunday that she would pause “The Drew Barrymore Show” until the writers’ strike is over. She apologized for her decision to continue with the show without its unionized writers.
In a statement posted on Instagram, Barrymore said, “I have listened to everyone, and I am making the decision to pause the show’s premiere until the strike is over. I have no words to express my deepest apologies to anyone I have hurt and, of course, to our incredible team who works on the show and has made it what it is today.”
She added, “We really tried to find our way forward. And I truly hope for a resolution for the entire industry very soon.”
Barrymore faced fierce criticism for her initial announcement in September that the show would return for a fourth season without its writers.
The Writers Guild of America, consisting of approximately 11,000 members, has been on strike since May 2. They argue that their compensation and working conditions have stagnated due to the rise of streaming services.
In a now-deleted Instagram video, Barrymore apologized to the striking writers but defended her decision to bring back the show, stating that “this is bigger than me, and there are other people’s jobs on the line.” She also compared the strike to her show launching during the 2020 pandemic, questioning why it should sideline them.
The WGA stated that Barrymore’s show should not be on air while the strike is ongoing.
As a result of the controversy, the National Book Foundation withdrew its invitation for Barrymore to host the 74th National Book Awards. Additionally, WGA members picketed outside the CBS Broadcast Center when taping resumed for Barrymore’s show in New York City.
The WGA has not yet responded to Insider’s request for comment.
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