Rosie O’Donnell Gives Drew Barrymore Specific ‘Advice’ Amid Talk Show Controversy

Rosie O’Donnell has shared three “tips” for Drew Barrymore as the talk show host faces backlash for crossing the picket line amid the writers’ strike.

O’Donnell, who once had her own talk show before her stint on “The View,” posted a screenshot of an Elizabeth Gray essay that gave her two cents on Barrymore taking over production of his show.

“Stop recording the show. Stop asking the public to cross the picket line,” read part of the essay O’Donnell shared on her Instagram on Saturday.

“Next, ask someone to help you write three declarative sentences. They should follow this line: I made a mistake. I apologize to the WGA for disrespecting the work of professional writers. I apologize to all union members who are going through real hardship while I live a life of luxury.

O’Donnell captioned the post “tip 4 @drewbarrymore” alongside a heart emoji.

O’Donnell joins a number of others in the entertainment industry who have reprimanded the host after she announced last week that filming would begin on the new season of “The Drew Barrymore Show,” even as the writers of the series were on strike.

Barrymore first showed solidarity with striking writers when she quit her role as host of the MTV Movie and TV Awards in May.

Members of the Writers Guild of America began their strike that month in an effort to win a fair share of streaming profits and for protections around the use of artificial intelligence. (HuffPost unionized staff members are also represented by WGA East.)

The WGA, in a statement last week, wrote that Barrymore’s show is a “WGA hit and covered show” and that writing anything constitutes a violation of its strike rules. A CBS spokesperson told HuffPost that the series “will not be doing any writing work covered by the WGA strike.”

Barrymore’s announcement led the National Book Foundation to withdraw its invitation to hold its awards ceremony this year.

The host attempted to defend the decision to resume production on her show in a since-deleted video shared to her Instagram on Friday.

Actors like Bradley Whitford and Debra Messing criticized her over the clip, with Whitford writing that the host “would like you to know that undermining union solidarity at the most crucial moment in Hollywood labor history makes her a victim “.

The WGA, in a statement to several media outlets following Barrymore’s video, wrote that the host “should not be on the air while her writers are on strike to fight for a fair deal.”

“Shows like this can’t work without writing, and it’s a work in progress,” the statement continued.


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