After a fierce backlash, Drew Barrymore shed a few tears while apologizing to the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA), currently on strike, but said she would continue production on her daytime talk show. The Drew Barrymore Show.
In a video posted to Instagram on Friday, Barrymore, 48, attempted to explain her decision to resume filming despite the ongoing writers’ strike.
“I don’t think there’s anything I can do or say right now to make everything go well,” Barrymore began. “I wanted to make a decision, so that it wasn’t a PR-protected situation, and I just took full responsibility for my actions.”
In the video, Barrymore appeared makeup-free and wore a loose pink sweater with her glasses on her head. Sometimes she seemed to be reading something behind her camera.
“I know there’s nothing I can do to make this acceptable to those with whom it doesn’t sit well. I fully accept this. I totally understand that,” she said as she became visibly emotional. “There are so many reasons why this is so complex, and I just want everyone to know that my intentions were never to upset or hurt me. This is not who I am. I’ve been through so many ups and downs in my life, and this is one of them.
“I deeply apologize to the writers. I offer my sincere apologies to the unions,” she said.
Barrymore attempted to answer questions about why she would choose to continue the series amid the strike — and without her WGA writing team.
“I certainly could not have expected this kind of attention, and we are not going to break the rules and we will respect them. I wanted to do this because, like I said, it’s bigger than me and there are other people’s jobs on the line,” she said.
Barrymore said she didn’t have a “PR machine behind her.”
“I didn’t want to hide behind people, so I won’t, and I won’t polish this with bells and whistles and publicists and corporate rhetoric,” she said. “I’m just going to sit there and accept it and be responsible.”
She explained how, since The Drew Barrymore Show First launched during the COVID-19 pandemic, she always envisioned the production as “a show that was there for people in sensitive times.”
“I weighed the scales and said to myself, ‘If we could continue during a global pandemic and everything the world went through through 2020, why would that sideline us?’ “, she said. “So I just want to put one foot in front of the other and make a show that’s there for people, regardless of everything else that’s going on in the world, because that’s when I think we We all need something that wants to be there and is very realistic at very realistic times, so that’s my why.
In a statement released Sunday, Barrymore said she was personally responsible for the decision to resume production of The Drew Barrymore Show.
“I own this choice,” First 50 dates the actor said in a statement. “We promise not to discuss or promote films and television shows of any kind.”
Already, Barrymore’s apology has not been well received. Many of her critics and upset WGA members said that if she was truly sorry, she would stop filming. The Drew Barrymore Show.
Since releasing his initial statement, many WGA members and supporters have questioned whether Barrymore is a “yellow” or whether he would employ “yellow writers” in place of union members. (A scab is someone who crosses picket lines to work in place of a striking employee.)
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This week, Barrymore’s decision to return to production led her to step down as host of the 74th annual US National Book Awards.
“The National Book Awards are an evening dedicated to celebrating the power of literature and the incomparable contributions of writers to our culture,” the foundation wrote in a statement. “In light of the announcement that production of ‘The Drew Barrymore Show’ will resume, the National Book Foundation has rescinded Ms. Barrymore’s invitation to host the 74th National Book Awards.”
Production of “The Drew Barrymore Show” resumes
The Drew Barrymore Show began taping new episodes at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York this week, despite few signs of resolution in the ongoing writers’ strike.
As a result, episodes of the talk show filmed during the strike will not employ any writers belonging to the Writers Guild of America (WGA).
The decision angered WGA members and supporters, several of whom protested outside the CBS Broadcast Center during this week’s filming. Many editors on strike The Drew Barrymore were present and holding signs while chanting: “We don’t understand. Close it!”
Writers Guild of America, East stated that all writing in progress on The Drew Barrymore Show is in violation of the WGA strike.
Barrymore’s work as talk show host does not violate any strike rules. According to Variety, the CBS actors The Drew Barrymore Show are covered by a SAG-AFTRA contract different from the one currently in dispute.
New episodes of The Drew Barrymore Show should be released from September 18.
The Drew Barrymore Show is not the only production to choose to return despite the current strikes. Warner Bros. Television The Jennifer Hudson Show and CBS The speech are also expected to resume production in the coming weeks. These productions will also continue without employing WGA writers.
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