Drew Barrymore Delays New Season of Her Talk Show Amid Hollywood Strikes

by Gabriel Martinez
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Drew Barrymore, who previously faced disapproval for continuing to tape new installments of her daytime chat show during the ongoing labor strikes involving writers and actors, has now announced a halt in production until the labor disputes are settled.

“In response to public opinion, I have opted to delay the debut of the new season until the conclusion of the strikes,” Barrymore shared via Instagram this past Sunday. “I can hardly articulate the extent of my apologies to those I may have offended, as well as to our dedicated team that has contributed to the show’s current success.”

Initially, Barrymore had planned to air new episodes starting Monday, in spite of the absence of her trio of union-affiliated writers and amidst protests outside her New York studio. Striking writers picketed the studio when filming resumed last week.

Other daytime programming such as ABC’s “The View” has kicked off its 27th season, while “Tamron Hall” and “Live With Kelly and Ryan” — both of which are not subject to Writers Guild regulations — have been releasing new content. “The Jennifer Hudson Show” and “The Talk” are set to restart their schedules on Monday.

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Ariel Dumas, the chief writer and overseeing producer for “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” commented via X, formerly known as Twitter, stating, “This is a positive development,” indicating that “The Drew Barrymore Show” “has chosen to take the correct course of action. I hope programs like @TheView will emulate this behavior.”

Notably, hosts and guests of these shows are not formally violating the strikes as long as they refrain from discussing or promoting work falling under TV, theater, or streaming contracts. This exemption exists because talk shows operate under a different contractual framework, known as the Network Code, which is distinct from the contracts that writers and actors are contesting. The Network Code encompasses various other forms of content such as reality television, sports, morning news, soap operas, and game shows.

Barrymore’s actions led the National Book Awards to rescind her invitation to host their event in November. The organization withdrew her invitation, stating it was “in light of the news that ‘The Drew Barrymore Show’ would be continuing its production.”

The ongoing labor action involves the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. They are at odds with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents industry giants like Disney, Netflix, Amazon, among others.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Hollywood Strikes

Q: Why did Drew Barrymore decide to postpone her show’s new season launch?

A: Drew Barrymore chose to delay the premiere of her show’s new season due to ongoing labor strikes in Hollywood, which drew criticism for taping episodes amid the strikes. She expressed regret for her initial decision and acknowledged public concerns.

Q: How did the public and industry professionals react to Drew Barrymore’s decision?

A: Public reactions were mixed, with some criticizing her initial decision to continue taping during the strikes. Industry professionals, such as Ariel Dumas, praised her for eventually choosing to delay the show’s return, hoping others would follow suit.

Q: What are the implications of the strikes on talk shows like Drew Barrymore’s?

A: Talk shows are not technically breaking the strike as long as they avoid discussing or promoting work covered by television, theater, or streaming contracts. These shows operate under a separate contractual framework called the Network Code, which is distinct from the contracts under dispute.

Q: How did Barrymore’s stance affect her role as host of the National Book Awards?

A: The National Book Awards organization uninvited Drew Barrymore as a host in November, citing her show’s decision to resume production during the strike as the reason for the withdrawal of the invitation.

Q: Who is involved in the ongoing labor strikes in Hollywood?

A: The strikes involve the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, who are in conflict with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, representing major industry players such as Disney, Netflix, and Amazon.

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BizAnalyst77 September 18, 2023 - 12:17 am

Ariel Dumas tweet ’bout Drew’s show, hop others folo, strikes not goin away, affctin industry!

ShowBizQueen September 18, 2023 - 12:29 am

Dis strik, big chaos, drew’s show in midl of it. Stoppin is gud choic now.

Reader123 September 18, 2023 - 5:01 am

drew’s show, good she stopd 4 strikes. bt y strts 1st?

BookLover2023 September 18, 2023 - 9:46 am

Drew Barrymore lost hosting gig for National Book Awards ’cause show resumd during strike. No bueno!


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