Drew Barrymore’s talk show, “The Drew Barrymore Show,” is set to return for its highly anticipated fourth season, a decision that has sparked controversy due to the ongoing strikes in the entertainment industry. The move has drawn criticism from the Writers Guild of America (WGA), who have labeled Barrymore’s decision as contentious.
In response to the backlash, Barrymore took to social media to explain her stance. She pointed out that during the early days of the strike, she opted to step away from hosting duties at the MTV awards show, aligning herself with the striking writers. Notably, this decision was made when the strike was in its infancy and the issues at hand pertained directly to studios, streamers, and the film and television industry.
Addressing the current situation with her talk show, Barrymore emphasized that the production team wrapped up season three on April 20th. She expressed her understanding of the importance of complying with strike regulations and affirmed that discussions or promotions related to struck film and television would be strictly off the table.
Barrymore also defended the return of her show, highlighting its significance in providing a platform for viewers during challenging and sensitive times, particularly in the midst of a global pandemic. She underscored the unique ability of writers to bring people together and make sense of the human experience, a role she believes her show is well-equipped to fulfill.
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However, the decision to resume production without writers has sparked controversy. The WGA contends that “The Drew Barrymore Show” is a struck show and claims that any continuation of production during the strike is a violation of their regulations.
CBS, the parent company of the show, has stated that no writing work covered by the WGA strike will be performed for “The Drew Barrymore Show.” Season four is slated to premiere on September 18th, and all eyes will be on Barrymore to see how she addresses the situation on air, if at all.