Despite the positive reputation Drew Barrymore had gained with the public thanks to projects like The Drew Barrymore Show, it seems that everything has gone awry again. The actress and host has managed to anger the Writers Guild of America by announcing that her television program would resume airing, despite the ongoing strike at the moment.
In May, Barrymore stepped down from hosting the MTV Movie & TV Awards in support of striking Hollywood screenwriters. However, this show of public support has fallen on deaf ears after stating that his talk show would return again on September 18.
According to Barrymore, he explains in an Instagram post that it is “owner of this choice” and that the program “It was built for delicate times and has only worked through what the world is going through in real time. I want to be there to offer what screenwriters do so well, which is a way to bring us together or help us make sense of the human experience”.
The actress and host also clarified that she will not have any striking writers on her staff, and there won’t be any promotion of any kind of fiction on her show. The latter is one of the demands the Union imposes on its members during the strike.
On the other hand, the Union has not stood idly by and has turned to X to announce that any script or written piece of The Drew Barrymore Show is in “violation of WGA strike rules.” In response to Barrymore’s controversial decision, a picket was organized at the CBS studios where the show is recorded. Additionally, numerous actors and personalities like Loni Love and Adam Conover have also expressed their displeasure on social media regarding the return of The Drew Barrymore Show.
The public is also rebelling
To make matters worse, during the taping of the first episode of this season, two members of the audience were ejected from the show before it even began. Dominic Turiczek and Cassidy Carter, students from New York, had booked free tickets to attend the show. However, wearing pins in support of the strike led to their immediate removal.
However, a spokesperson for The Drew Barrymore Show stated that the incident was triggered by heightened security measures. Drew Barrymore was not aware of this decision and wanted to reach out to the students to make amends for the misunderstanding.