Drew Barrymore Backpedals, Won’t Bring Talk Show Back Until Strike Ends

Drew Barrymore speaks onstage during the 49th Daytime Emmy Awards at Pasadena Convention Center on June 24, 2022 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Sept. 17 (UPI) — Actress, author and TV personality Drew Barrymore announced Sunday that she has changed her mind about taping new episodes of her daytime talk show before the Writers Guild of America strike ends.

“I have listened to everyone, and I am making the decision to pause the show’s premiere until the strike is over,” Barrymore posted on Instagram.

“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. We really tried to find our way forward. And I truly hope for a resolution for the entire industry very soon.”

Barrymore announced a week ago that she supports the four-month-old strike, but would resume taping so other people who work on the show could get back to work.

The WGA denounced the decision, but Bill Maher, Jennifer Hudson and Sherri Shepherd all followed her lead and said they, too, would resume taping their chat programs.

The WGA strike and its sister Screen Actors Guild work stoppage have shut down most TV and film productions in North America for months.

Previously from Breitbart News:

[Barrymore] posted a tearful video Friday in which she defended the decision to re-start shooting on the syndicated The Drew Barrymore Show, while also directly apologizing to striking writers.

“I deeply apologize to writers. I deeply apologize to unions. I deeply apologize,” she said, her eyes filling with tears.

Later, she explained why the show will resume production: “Why am I doing this? I certainly couldn’t have expected this kind of attention. We aren’t gonna break rules, and we will be in compliance. I wanted to do this because as I said, this is bigger than me, and there are other people’s jobs on the line.”

By Saturday, the video was gone from her Instagram account.


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