Rosie O’Donnell Offers Powerful Advice to Drew Barrymore Amid Talk Show Controversy

Rosie O’Donnell offers Drew Barrymore valuable advice amidst the controversy surrounding her decision to cross the picket line during the writers strike.

O’Donnell, who had her own talk show before joining “The View,” shared a screenshot of an essay by Elizabeth Grey that discussed Barrymore’s choice to resume production on her show.

The essay stated, “Stop taping the show. Stop asking audiences to cross the picket line.” O’Donnell shared this post on her Instagram.

O’Donnell advised Barrymore to apologize and suggested she craft three declarative sentences: “I made an error. I apologize to the WGA for disrespecting the work of professional writers. I apologize to all union members who are withstanding real hardship as I live a life of luxury.”

O’Donnell captioned the post “advice 4 @drewbarrymore” alongside a heart emoji.

O’Donnell is one of many in the entertainment industry who have criticized Barrymore for proceeding with filming her show while the writers are on strike.

Barrymore initially showed solidarity with the striking writers by stepping down from hosting the MTV Movie and TV Awards in May.

The strike, started by the Writers Guild of America in an effort to secure fair streaming profits and AI protection, began that same month. (HuffPost’s staff members are also represented by the WGA East.)

The WGA stated that Barrymore’s show is a “WGA-covered, struck show” and any writing is a violation of the strike rules. CBS, the network of the show, stated they would not be performing any writing work covered by the WGA strike.

Barrymore’s decision also resulted in the National Book Foundation rescinding its invitation for her to host their award ceremony this year.

Barrymore attempted to defend her choice in a now-deleted video shared on her Instagram.

Actors such as Bradley Whitford and Debra Messing criticized Barrymore, with Whitford stating that the host’s actions undermined union solidarity during an important moment in Hollywood labor history.

The WGA, in response to Barrymore’s video, emphasized that the host should not be on air while the writers are on strike fighting for a fair deal.


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