Sunday, May 26, 2024

Strike: Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson Add Names to Talk Shows Not Returning This Week Along with Drew Barrymore, The Talk


The WGA strike is now working perfectly.

Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson’s respective talk shows will not be returning this week.

This is after CBS’s “The Talk” and “Drew Barrymore” also announced they are paused until the WGA and SAG AFTRA strikes are over.

Pressure on Barrymore was significant enough to stop all WGA signatory shows. The shows could have continued with scab writers and faced a future of anger.

Also, no SAG AFTRA actors would appear as guests. Hudson’s proposed show schedule this week had no celebrities.

Tickets weren’t available for any audiences either.

Hudson is an Oscar winner member of SAG AFTRA, making her situation esven more precarious.

The WGA can now really leverage these shut downs. Syndicated shows have had no ratings since last May when they all went into reruns. You’d think the syndicators would be pressuring the AMPTP to settle this thing so everyone can get back to work.

JHud, Kelly, and Drew would be smart to start a podcast a la Strike Force — the late night guys.

With these shows gone, only “The View” and “Live with Kelly and Mark” will soldier on. Also, shows with no WGA affiliation, like “Sherri Shepherd.”

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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