Drew Barrymore pauses production of show due to writers strike following backlash

The actor announced last week the show would be returning despite the strike.

ByABC News via GMA logo
September 17, 2023, 11:10 AM

Drew Barrymore has decided to pause production of her show following backlash in the industry over her recent decision to move forward with the show amid the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA strikes.

"I have listened to everyone, and I am making the decision to pause the show's premiere until the strike is over," Barrymore wrote on Instagram Sunday. "I have no words to express my deepest apologies to anyone I have hurt and, of course, to our incredible team who works on the show and has made it what it is today. We really tried to find our way forward. And I truly hope for a resolution for the entire industry very soon."

Barrymore's decision last week to return for the fourth season of her daytime talk show amid strikes sparked controversy in Hollywood.

In announcing the show's return, Barrymore said her talk show would be "in compliance with not discussing or promoting film and television that is struck of any kind," noting, "I own this choice."

"We launched live in a global pandemic. Our show was built for sensitive times and has only functioned through what the real world is going through in real time," Barrymore said last week. "I want to be there to provide what writers do so well, which is a way to bring us together or help us make sense of the human experience.'

Barrymore also explained why she made the decision for "The Drew Barrymore Show" to resume production.

"We aren't gonna break rules, and we will be in compliance. I wanted to do this because, as I said, this is bigger than me, and there are other people's jobs on the line," she said

Following her announcement last week that the show would be returning, Barrymore was dropped as the National Book Awards host. She later apologized to the striking writers and unions on Friday in an emotional video.

FILE PHOTO: Drew Barrymore poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the Time Magazine 100 gala celebrating their list of the 100 Most Influential People in the world in New York City, New York, U.S., April 26, 2023.
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She said she accepted responsibility for the decision and said her intent was not to upset or hurt anymore. "I deeply apologize to writers, I deeply apologize to unions," she said.

Season 4 of "The Drew Barrymore Show" was set to premiere Sept. 18.

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