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Drew Barrymore’s talk show to pause production until Hollywood strike ends

Drew Barrymore’s talk show to pause production until Hollywood strike ends

Drew Barrymore said she would pause production on her daytime talk show after facing tremendous backlash from writers, actors and fans over her decision to resume the show amid the Hollywood strike.

“I have listened to everyone and am making the decision to pause the premiere of the show until the strike is over,” he said in a statement posted on Instagram. “There are no words to express my sincere apologies to anyone I have hurt and of course to our incredible team who work on the show and make it what it is today.”

In a similar move on Sunday, “The Talk” announced it would delay its return following Barrymore’s announcement, a CBS spokesperson told Variety. Both shows had halted production amid the Hollywood strike, but planned to return this fall.

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Barrymore announced on Sept. 10 that “The Drew Barrymore Show” would restart production amid the writers and actors strikes, which sparked protests and picketing by the Writers Guild of America outside its New York studio last week.

The writers have been on strike for more than four months, campaigning for better pay and protections in the age of streaming. The Screen Actors Guild began its own strike in July over similar issues, including better residual pay from streaming services. The “Drew Barrymore Show” employs three WGA writers, all of whom protested outside the show’s taping last week.

“I really hope for an industry-wide resolution very soon,” Barrymore wrote on Instagram on Sunday. Representatives for Barrymore did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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CBS originally announced in early September that Barrymore’s show would return for a new season with a September 18 premiere date. A CBS Media spokesperson said Sunday that the company supports Barrymore.

“We support Drew’s decision to pause the show’s return and understand how complex and difficult this process has been for her,” the spokesperson said.

While taping was taking place on Monday and Tuesday, those who attended said they were greeted by WGA protesters and picketers, who chanted phrases like “CBS! You’re a mess!” and “We expect more from Drew Barry, more!” Some audience members received pins supporting the WGA. According to multiple reports, two Barrymore fans wearing WGA pins were asked to They abandoned the recording for security reasons.

“The Guild has and will continue to picket shows that are in production during the strike. “Any writing on ‘The Drew Barrymore Show’ violates WGA rules,” read a post on the WGA East Instagram account last week.

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His decision to resume production also led the National Book Awards to rescind its invitation to Barrymore to host the upcoming ceremony. Writers on social media criticized Barrymore for moving forward with recording. In May, Barrymore refused to host the MTV Movie and TV Awards to support the strike.

Several daytime talk shows have continued to be produced despite the strike, including “The View.” Similarly, “Danger!” announced in August that it would return with recycled questions for its 40th season.

Last week, “The Jennifer Hudson Show” announced that she would be returning during the strike shortly after Barrymore made her decision. It’s unclear whether those programs will also halt production.



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