drew Barrymore After all, he won’t get his daytime talk show “The Drew Barrymore Show” back until the strike is over.
“I have listened to everyone and am making the decision to pause the premiere of the show until the strike is over,” he wrote on Instagram. “There are no words to express my sincere apologies to anyone I have hurt and of course to our incredible team who work on the show and make it what it is today. We really tried to find our way forward. And I really hope for an industry-wide resolution very soon.”
Barrymore faced swift criticism after announcing that her syndicated show would return on September 18 amid ongoing labor strikes in Hollywood. Although he would not have been violating SAG-AFTRA rules (the Network Code agreement allows daytime hosts to perform presenting duties), his show employs WGA writers, so the new episodes would have required hiring non-WGA writers. from WGA or nobody to write the shows.
At the time, the WGA condemned Barrymore’s decision in a statement, saying: “Drew Barrymore should not be on the air while his writers are on strike fighting for fair treatment. In reality, shows like this can’t function without writing, and that’s impactful work.”
“The Jennifer Hudson Show” and “The Talk” also have plans to return while writers and actors remain on the picket lines. Other morning talk shows returning this season include “Live! With Kelly and Mark” and “Tamron Hall Show,” neither of which have writers and are not covered by the WGA.
More to come….