Friday, April 12, 2024

Drew Barrymore Angers Unions with Announcement that Talk Show is Returning In a Week on September 18th


Drew Barrymore is bringing back her talk show soon on September 18th.

Barrymore belongs to SAG AFTRA, which is on strike. Her show uses writers, and they’re on strike. But she’s ignoring all this and coming back without writers.

Her show will also be without celebrity guests. No SAG member will appear on the low rated talk show.

Barrymore defended her decision on Instagram Sunday. She wrote:
I made a choice to walk away from the MTV, film and television awards because I was the host and it had a direct conflict with what the strike was dealing with which was studios, streamers, film, and television. It was also in the first week of the strike and so I did what I thought was the appropriate thing at the time to stand in solidarity with the writers. And 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 choice to come back for the first time in this strike for our show, that may have my name on it but this is bigger than just me.

I own this choice. We are in compliance with not discussing or promoting film and television that is struck of any kind. We launched live in a global pandemic. Our show was built for sensitive times and has only functioned through what the real world is going through in real time. I want to be there to provide what writers do so well, which is a way to bring us together or help us make sense of the human experience. I hope for a resolve for everyone as soon as possible. We have navigated difficult times since we first came on air. And so I take a step forward to start season 4 once again with an astute humility.

The backlash is swift. WGA member David Guggenheim wrote back: “You are definitely going to be bringing us writers together… when we picket your show tomorrow.” Similar posts followed.

Because of the strikes there are no late night talk shows. During the day some talk shows are coming back because they’re under a separate contract, just like the four remaining soap operas.

The Drew Barrymore Show hasn’t announced guests for its first week back, but you can bet it’s going to be free of all actors promoting TV and movies. And Drew may face consequences even when the strikes are over. These union members have long memories!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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