Despite the continuing Hollywood strikes, Drew Barrymore will resume her daytime talk show.

The actress rationalized her move on social media, writing, “To be clear, our talk show actually wrapped on April 20th, so we never had to shut down the show.” “However, I am also making the decision to return for the first time during this strike for our show, which may bear my name, but this is bigger than just me,” the actress explained.

“I own this decision,” she went on. “We are in agreement with not discussing or promoting any struck film or television.” We went live during a global pandemic. Our show was created for delicate times and has only functioned in response to what the real world is experiencing in real time.”

A CBS Media Ventures spokeswoman told Fox News Digital that “‘The Drew Barrymore Show’ will not be performing any writing work covered by the WGA strike.” The show will return on September 18th, but without “literary material.”

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Fox News Digital spoke with CBS about whether writers would be compensated when the show returns, but had not gotten a response at the time of publication.

Cristina Kinon, co-head writer of “The Drew Barrymore Show,” told Fox News Digital that the show is staff writers were not informed that it would return for a fourth season without writers, and that they are not being paid.

On Monday, September 11, 2023, members of the Writers Guild protest outside the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City. The writers gathered outside Drew Barrymore’s talk show studio to express their dissatisfaction with the star’s decision to begin filming a fourth season despite the ongoing WGA strike.

“I think everyone has to make their own personal decision about how they are going to move forward during a double strike,” Kinon said outside CBS Studios in Manhattan, where she and others were picketing. “It is important to me personally to support my union.” And to show solidarity. And I believe we are entitled to a reasonable contract.”

“I am sure [Barrymore] had a difficult decision to make,” Kinon concluded. “I can not speak for what she is thinking, but I would like to see everyone in the industry band together with the guilds to ensure that writers and actors get the contracts they deserve.”

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Kinon has no qualms about her coworkers who are returning to work, such as cinematographers and makeup artists.

“I believe that everyone deserves to be compensated. Everyone is entitled to a decent wage. Of course, I do not hold it against anyone who needs to work. And I wish everyone had a union to protect them, safeguard their pay, and ensure they are appropriately compensated.”

In her social media statement, Barrymore explained why she wants the show to return.

“I want to be there to do what writers do so well: bring us together or help us make sense of the human experience,” Barrymore wrote. “I am hoping for a quick resolution for everyone.” We have been through some tough moments since we initially went on the air. “As a result, I take a step forward to begin Season 4 with astute humility,” she concluded.

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Barrymore also discussed her choice not to host the MTV Movie & TV Awards this spring.

“I chose to walk away…because I was the host and it was in direct conflict with what the strike was about, which was studios, streaming services, film, and television.” It was also the first week of the strike, so I did what I believed was proper at the time, which was to stand in solidarity with the writers,” she wrote.

Fans urged Barrymore not to go ahead with her choice, and she received a lot of backlash on social media.

“Writers launched your career. They assigned you lines. You would not be where you are today without them. I have always thought of you as someone who had a lot of empathy. Not any longer. “Not if you do this,” one individual said.

“The WGA has requested picket lines outside your performance tomorrow.” As a SAG/AFTRA member, I disagree with your decision. Another person said, “We should stand WITH our writers… you should be prepared.”

“Despite what you believe, we do not need your show. “You are a disgrace to want to go against the industry people who helped support and get you to where you are today,” another remarked.

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In a statement acquired by Fox News Digital, a spokeswoman for The Writers Guild blasted Barrymore’s action, noting that it “is a WGA covered, struck show that is planning to return without its writers.” The Guild has and will continue to picket struck programs that are currently in production. The WGA strike guidelines apply to all writing on ‘The Drew Barrymore Show.'”

The new season will feature “a lineup of cutting-edge guests and key influencers,” including acclaimed hairstylist Chris Appleton, according to a press release.

“Appleton joins Drew’s team of lifestyle specialists, which includes Drew’s News Co-Anchor Ross Mathews, interior designer Mikel Welch, chef Pilar Valdes, and sustainable living guru Danny Seo. The show will also debut its new trademark feature, ‘Take Care Everywhere,’ in which Drew and Dr. Suzanne Gilberg-Lenz, founder of The Menopause Bootcamp, will tackle the difficult topics that many women are too afraid to ask their doctors. ‘The Drew Barrymore Show’ will also keep popular features like Drew-Gooders, Design by Drew, and Cookbook Club.”

“I am so excited to see what Drew has in store for season four,” Wendy McMahon, president and CEO of CBS News & Stations and CBS Media Ventures, said in a statement to Fox News Digital.

“From debuting at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic to successfully pivoting to a groundbreaking half-hour format, this show has demonstrated spectacular resilience and creative agility on its way to becoming the daytime’s fastest-growing show.” We could not ask for a finer partner than Drew Barrymore, and we are excited to provide new episodes to our fans and station clients this autumn,” she added.


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