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‘Drew Barrymore Show’ Audience Members Say They Were Kicked Out Amid Picket – The Hollywood Reporter



Writers Guild of America members and scribes for the Drew Barrymore present picketed exterior CBS Studios Monday in New York because the discuss present resumed filming amid the writers and actors strikes. 

Two viewers members, who had signed up without cost tickets to the taping, had been handed WGA pins as they walked within the door by picketers and say they had been requested to depart earlier than the present started as a result of they had been carrying the pins. 

The scheduled company for Monday’s taping included Brooke Shields, who was set to discuss a documentary not lined underneath WGA and the documentary’s government producer, Ali Wentworth. Jordan Fisher, who was within the solid of the Broadway musical Sweeney Todd by way of mid June, was additionally set to seem and talk about his time within the musical.

Dominic Turiczek and Cassidy Carter, two New York Metropolis-based college students, deliberate to attend the present, after signing up free tickets a couple of week and a half in the past, not conscious that the strike was occurring. As they walked into the constructing Monday, each had been handed buttons from picketers that learn “Writers Guild on Strike.” The 2 say they had been requested to take off the buttons at safety, to which Carter complied. Turiczek was nonetheless carrying his button as they entered the studio house. He mentioned a crew member noticed the button and requested them each to depart. 

Spokespeople for The Drew Barrymore Present didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon the state of affairs. 

Drew Barrymore viewers members Dominic Turiczek and Cassidy Carter in entrance of CBS Broadcast Middle.

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The 2 then joined the picket traces exterior, donning WGA shirts, as Turiczek mentioned, “If they think we’re part of the strike, we might as well be.” Carter added that she had signed up for tickets as a fan of Barrymore, however now has been “disheartened” by the expertise. 

“It really has changed my perspective on her and the show in general,” Carter mentioned. “I’ve been completely alarmed and disheartened by this whole process.”

Barrymore introduced her choice Sunday to renew filming the present, saying that the discuss present wouldn’t use WGA writers and would in any other case be complying with WGA and SAG-AFTRA guidelines. The present has returned with out its writers and WGA mentioned it will likely be picketing exterior the present this week, since it’s nonetheless a struck present. 

The three WGA writers, who’re all co-head writers on the present, had been in attendance on the picket line and mentioned they discovered that the present, which has been on hiatus since April, would resume through viewers ticket giveaways that had been posted on social media. 

Chelsea White, considered one of The Drew Barrymore Present writers, was picketing exterior the studio on West 57th Road, and mentioned she was stunned and upset that the present had resumed.

“I think in general, this is obviously bigger than us three writers on The Drew Barrymore Show. It is a bummer to hear that the show is going back because it sends a message that union writers are not valuable. And it goes directly against what the WGA, SAG-AFTRA, all the unions are trying to band together to stand up against the greedy studios,” White mentioned. 

White mentioned after The Drew Barrymore Present posted about beginning to tape season 4, she started receiving texts from pals asking whether or not this was good or dangerous information. 

“We figured that we would’ve heard something if it was an interim agreement. I think a lot of people in the public figured that that’s probably what the case was,” White mentioned. “But since the three of us had not heard anything, we were pretty sure that something was up.”  

White mentioned she has not heard from anybody on the present for the reason that announcement that it will resume filming. Liz Koe, one other author on the present, mentioned she noticed co-workers go into the constructing Monday and that there’s mutual help between the co-workers and the writers, including, “it’s not just three people’s jobs, it’s everybody’s jobs.” 

Drew Barrymore writer Liz Koe in front of CBS Broadcast Center.

Drew Barrymore author Liz Koe in entrance of CBS Broadcast Middle.

Caitlin Huston/The Hollywood Reporter Employees

“I think it’s such a complicated issue. I think that Drew cares about the show. She cares about the crew, She cares about us. She cares about everything and I think she made the best decision that she could, given all those things. And I feel like coming out here today is not a personal thing at all, it’s really the opposite, it’s a collective thing,” Koe mentioned, including that it’s the general struggle for a extra truthful contract. 

“I’m disappointed, but I understand that everybody has to do what they feel is best for them,” mentioned author Cristina Kinon. “For me and the WGA writers on the show, it’s important for us to stick with our union. We deserve a fair contract so we are here today outside.” 

The three Drew writers arrived early Monday and offered espresso for the opposite WGA picketers who confirmed up in help. 

As for whether or not the three writers will return to the present as soon as the strike is resolved, they are saying the problem is sophisticated, including that they have no idea whether or not there’ll nonetheless be WGA jobs.

“In April, when we went on hiatus, which was a couple weeks before the strike, at that time it was the idea to return to the show and that was the last conversation that we had with anyone at the show,” White mentioned. 

As for the way she feels about it now, she added: “Maybe no comment.”

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