Drew Barrymore has deleted the apology video for restarting her talk show amidst WGA strikes in response to backlash from the audience.
Drew Barrymore had issued a response to the ongoing criticism surrounding the return of her talk show, “The Drew Barrymore Show.” In an emotional Instagram video, she addressed the controversy that arose when it was announced that the show’s fourth season would premiere on September 18, amid strikes by WAG (Writers Guild of America, East) and SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists).
In a since-deleted Instagram post on September 10, Barrymore defended her decision to return to the show despite the strikes, which led to widespread backlash and her removal as the host of the annual National Book Awards in November.
In a follow-up video posted on September 16, also since deleted, Barrymore acknowledged the criticism and took full responsibility for her decision. She expressed understanding that her actions might not be acceptable to everyone and offered a personal apology to those involved in the strikes, particularly writers and unions.
Barrymore explained that she chose to address the situation publicly because she didn’t want to hide behind others and wanted to take responsibility for her actions. She emphasized that her intention was never to upset or harm anyone and that she wanted to make amends.
She asserted her commitment to compliance with the rules and regulations while acknowledging that the situation was bigger than her, as it affected the livelihoods of others who work on the show. Barrymore highlighted the show’s inception during the pandemic and its goal of providing comfort and support to people during challenging times.
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Despite her explanation and apology, the criticism persisted, with actress Debra Messing and the Writers’ Guild of America expressing their concerns over her decision to continue production during the strikes. They emphasized that shows like hers rely on writing, and such work is considered struck work during a strike.
The controversy surrounding “The Drew Barrymore Show” reflects the ongoing debate and tensions within the entertainment industry regarding labor rights and fair treatment of workers, particularly during strikes and labor disputes.