Drew Barrymore Reverses Course, Halts Show In Midst Of Hollywood Strike

After a week of controversy, Drew Barrymore is doing a 180 on her show’s stance during the Hollywood strikes.

The New York Times reports:

“After an onslaught of criticism over her decision to return her show to the air while Hollywood is on strike, Drew Barrymore reversed herself on Sunday and at least two other shows did the same.

Barrymore announced her change of course in an Instagram post, just a day before her talk show was to begin broadcasting. Taping resumed last Monday for the daytime program.

After the announcement, ‘The Jennifer Hudson Show,’ which is produced by Warner Bros., and the CBS show ‘The Talk,’ rolled back previously announced plans to start broadcasting new episodes on Monday. CBS said in a statement on Sunday regarding ‘The Talk,’ that it would pause its season premiere and ‘evaluate plans for a new launch date.’

The return of production for Barrymore’s show attracted picketers from the striking writers’ and actors’ unions, and on Friday, she defended her decision in an emotional Instagram video, saying, ‘This is bigger than me.’

CBS Media Ventures, which produces ‘The Drew Barrymore Show,’ echoed her resolution at that point, saying more than 150 jobs would be affected. The company noted that she would be using a fully ad-libbed format, without anyone replacing the production’s three striking writers.

But on Friday night, she deleted the video, and on Sunday morning released a statement changing course. The syndicated program was to begin airing new episodes on Monday.

‘I have listened to everyone, and I am making the decision to pause the show’s premiere until the strike is over,’ the statement said. ‘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.’

In a statement on Sunday, CBS Media said it supported her latest decision and understood ‘how complex and difficult this process has been for her.'”

For the rest of the story, visit The New York Times here.

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