Trolled apart, Drew Barrymore calls off talk-show premiere until Hollywood strike ends

Debodinna Chakraborty
Debodinna ChakrabortySep 18, 2023 | 12:16

Trolled apart, Drew Barrymore calls off talk-show premiere until Hollywood strike ends

Drew Barrymore's talk-show had already started filming without the WAG writers. (Photo: IMDb)

After facing immense backlash, actor Drew Barrymore has ultimately announced that her daytime talk show, The Drew Barrymore Show, will not return until the Hollywood strike ends. 


Last week, Barrymore drew criticism when she announced that her daytime talk-show, The Drew Barrymore Show will return on air, without the writers who have been a part of the WAG strikes.

The Internet did not take it lightly. People went hammer and tongs against Barrymore, and she even lost the chance host the National Book Awards 2023 for her decision.

Drew Barrymore shared the announcement of her show's postponement via her Instagram. (Photo: IMDb)

Reportedly, Drew Barrymore was all but ready to go forward with her decision and even started filming episodes for the new season of her show. But, it is safe to say that the criticism and the words of protests got to her eventually. 

On Sunday, September 17, Drew Barrymore announced that her show will not be returning after all, and will stay on halt till the strike ends. 

What did Barrymore say?

Barrymore took to social media to announce her decision to “pause the show’s premiere until the strike is over...” and this marked the end to all the criticism. 

Why can’t she start her show?

As long as hosts or guests refrain from discussing or endorsing struck work, Barrymore wouldn't have violated SAG-AFTRA rules. However, since Barrymore's show employs union writers, producing new episodes would have meant moving forward without them.

"Drew Barrymore should not be on the air while her writers are on strike fighting for a fair deal. In reality, shows like this cannot operate without writing, and that is struck work."
- WGA on Barrymore earlier

The Guild has yet to respond to Barrymore's recent programming reversal.

Last updated: September 18, 2023 | 12:16
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