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Drew Barrymore to ‘pause’ daytime talk show until strike ends – Rolling Stone

Drew Barrymore announced On Sunday, she will “pause” her daytime talk show until the ongoing writing strike is resolved.

“I have listened to everyone and am making the decision to pause the series premiere until the strike is over,” Barrymore said in a statement posted to Instagram on Sunday.

“I have no words to express my sincerest apologies to everyone I have hurt and, of course, to our incredible team who work on the show and who have made it what it is today. We’ve really been trying to find our way. And I sincerely hope that there’s an industry-wide solution very soon.”

Barrymore’s statement comes a week after she announced that production on the Drew Barrymore Show would return – without writers – despite the double strike currently blocking Hollywood.

“I am also choosing to return for the first time in this strike for our show, which may have my name on it but that is bigger than me. This choice is mine,” she wrote on September 10 in a since-deleted statement, also referring to the actors’ strike, “We undertake not to discuss or promote cinema and television which are affected by of any kind.”

Although Barrymore is not a member of the Writers Guild and her Screen Actors Guild status was not affected by her daytime gig, the revival of her show was seen as crossing the picket line, with records last week drawing a WGA picket line outside the new show. York City Workshop.

While on the picket line, Chelsea White, co-editor of The Drew Barrymore Showsaid rolling stoneand she was disappointed with the decision. “When a WGA-covered production returns during a strike, it undermines the efforts of our entire group to reach a fair contract with AMPTP,” White said.


In an emotional video statement later in the week, Barrymore apologized to the writers and unions for continuing her daytime show: “I believe there is nothing I can do or say right now so that it goes well.” She then reiterated her desire to “make a decision” and “take full responsibility for my actions”, before also acknowledging: “I know there is nothing I can do that will make this acceptable to those with whom it does not go well. . I fully accept this. I completely understand this.

However, the series continued production throughout the week – even though Barrymore’s peers criticized her decision – until Barrymore’s statement on Sunday; although new episodes have been recorded, the shows will apparently not air – if ever – until the strike ends.

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