Drew Barrymore, who has drawn criticism for taping new episodes of her daytime talk show despite ongoing strikes by writers and actors, now says she will wait until labor issues are resolved. Hours later, another CBS talk show, The Talk, also decided to postpone its return.
“I have listened to everyone, and I am making the decision to pause the premiere of the program until the strike ends.” Barrymore posted on Instagram Sunday. “I have no words to express my deepest apologies to anyone I’ve hurt, and of course to our amazing team who work on the show and make it what it is today. We’ve really been trying to find our way forward. I really hope a solution can be found for the entire industry very soon.”
The actress and host’s initial decision to bring The Drew Barrymore Show back on the air on Monday, September 18 — without her three union writers and with picketers outside her studio — was met with criticism on social media. Her CBS show resumed in New York last week and was subject to a sit-in by striking writers.
“We support Drew’s decision to pause the show’s return and understand how complex and difficult this process is for her,” a CBS Media Ventures spokesperson said.
according to diverseThe Drew Barrymore Show episodes taped last week will not air; Instead, duplicates will be displayed at the moment.
Earlier in the weekend, Barrymore posted a tearful apology in a since-deleted Instagram video, in which she took responsibility for wanting her show reinstated — per Sag-Aftra and WGA strike rules. “I wanted to do this because, like I said, this is bigger than me, and there are other people’s jobs at stake,” she said.
Other daytime shows have resumed. The View returns for its 27th season on ABC, while Tamron Hall and Live With Kelly and Ryan (neither of which are subject to Writers Guild rules) are also producing new episodes.
Jennifer Hudson’s show was scheduled to resume on Monday, however A variety have been reported She has backed out of her comeback.
The Talk also canceled its reboot, scheduled for Monday. “We will continue to evaluate plans for a new launch date,” CBC said in a statement on Sunday.
“This is really cool,” Arielle Dumas, head writer and supervising producer of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, previously tweeted on X, saying The Drew Barrymore Show “decided to do the right thing.” “I hope TheView and others follow suit.”
As long as the hosts and guests do not discuss or promote work covered by television, theatrical, or live broadcast contracts, they are not technically breaking the strike. This is because talk shows are governed by a separate contract—the so-called network code—from the contract that the actors and writers draw attention to. The network code also covers reality television, sports, morning news programs, soap operas, and game shows.
Barrymore’s stance prompted the National Book Awards to rescind her invitation as host in November. The organization canceled its invitation “in light of the announcement of the resumption of production of The Drew Barrymore Show.”
The ongoing strike pits the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents Disney, Netflix, Amazon and others.
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