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Drew Barrymore announces talk show return amid Hollywood strike
Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore announces major decision amid Hollywood strike. Photo Courtesy: Drew Barrymore Instagram page

Drew Barrymore announces talk show return amid Hollywood strike

| @indiablooms | 11 Sep 2023, 05:07 pm

Actress Drew Barrymore has announced that a new season of her talk show will begin soon amid ongoing Hollywood union strike.

In her long Instagram post, Drew referred to her decision to step down as host of the MTV Film and TV Awards in May.

She reportedly did it to show support and solidarity to the striking WGA members.

"I made a choice to walk away from the MTV, film and television awards because I was the host and it had a direct conflict with what the strike was dealing with which was studios, streamers, film, and television. It was also in the first week of the strike and so I did what I thought was the appropriate thing at the time to stand in solidarity with the writers," Drew posted on Instagram.

"And to be clear, our talk show actually wrapped on April 20th so we never had to shut down the show. However, I am also making the choice to come back for the first time in this strike for our show, that may have my name on it but this is bigger than just me," she said.

" I own this choice. We are in compliance with not discussing or promoting film and television that is struck of any kind. We launched live in a global pandemic," she said.

Drew said: "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. I hope for a resolve for everyone as soon as possible. We have navigated difficult times since we first came on air. And so I take a step forward to start season 4 once again with an astute humility."

Meanwhile, WGA said it will picket the show’s studios Monday and Tuesday as a result.

A spokesperson for the Writers Guild told The Hollywood Reporter that Drew is a struck show, and union members are set to picket outside of Barrymore’s studios Monday and Tuesday in New York City.

“It has stayed off the air since the strike began on May 2nd but has now (unfortunately) decided to return without its writers,” the spokesperson said in the statement. “The Guild has, and will continue to, picket any struck show that continues production for the duration of the strike.”

According to reports, Drew plans to premiere the show on September 18.

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