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Drew Barrymore Defends Talk Show Return Amid Writers Strike – The Hollywood Reporter



Drew Barrymore is explaining why she made the controversial choice to return her speak present to manufacturing amid the continued Writers Guild strike, telling critics in a now-deleted video that there’s “nothing I can do or say in this moment to make” resuming manufacturing with out her picketing writers “OK.”

In a video assertion that was posted to her Instagram on Friday (beneath), Barrymore reiterated the earlier assertion from CBS Media Ventures that The Drew Barrymore Present shall be returning in “compliance” with the WGA’s strike guidelines. That’s regardless of ongoing backlash from members of the union and the union itself picketing exterior CBS Broadcast Heart in New York as taping resumed this week.

“I certainly couldn’t have expected this kind of attention,” the actress, producer and speak present host says about her choice. “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.”

The actress and host denied {that a} “PR machine” was behind the selection to renew the present with out its WGA writers. Her video comes sooner or later after the WGA and AMPTP publicly said they have been scheduling a gathering subsequent week. (The studios haven’t returned to negotiations with SAG-AFTRA, which can be on strike below a special contract than the one which covers Barrymore’s speak present.)

“I don’t exactly know what to say because sometimes when things are so tough, it’s hard to make decisions from that place. So all I can say is that I wanted to accept responsibility, and no, I don’t have a PR machine behind this. My decision to go back to the show — I didn’t want to hide behind people,” she stated. “I won’t polish this with bells and whistles and publicists and corporate rhetoric. I’ll just stand out there and accept and be responsible.”

Barrymore eliminated the video from her Instagram account hours after she posted it after receiving additional criticism from the likes of Alyssa Milano, Bradley Whitford and extra. Milano instructed The Related Press that it was “not a great move” on Barrymore’s half, whereas Whitford took a sarcastic method.

“Drew Barrymore would like you to know that undermining union solidarity at the most crucial moment in Hollywood labor history makes her the victim,” The Handmaid’s Story actor wrote on Twitter. “This has been, like, a super tough week for her.”

CBS Media Ventures, which produces and distributes The Drew Barrymore Present, is a part of Paramount International, one of many media firms writers are placing towards. Some daytime speak exhibits, together with Barrymore’s, make use of WGA writers, although sometimes not as many as late night time exhibits or scripted collection. Two different WGA-covered exhibits, CBS’ The Discuss and the Warner Bros.-distributed Jennifer Hudson Present, are additionally set to return Sept. 18, with pickets doubtless exterior each. ABC’s The View has been airing all through the writers strike (and has been picketed), although the community has stated nobody is performing the duties of the 2 WGA writers it had on employees previous to the labor stoppage.

Barrymore famous that the rationale for the return was based mostly partly on her and the present’s experiences in the course of the pandemic.

“Since launching live in a pandemic, I just wanted to make a show that was there for people in sensitive times, and I weighed the scales and I thought if we could go on during a global pandemic, and everything that the world experienced through 2020, why would this sideline us?” she famous. “So I want to just put one foot in front of the other and make a show that’s there for people regardless of anything else that’s happening in the world, because that’s when I think we all need something that wants to be there being very realistic, in very realistic times.”

Earlier within the week, Barrymore introduced in one other Instagram publish, which has additionally been deleted, that her self-titled speak present could be returning amid the twin strikes, with out writers.

Rick Porter and Christy Piña contributed to this story.

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