The Drew Barrymore Show is returning for its fourth season amid the ongoing SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes.
In a lengthy Instagram post, Drew Barrymore announced the decision to bring back her daytime talk show despite previously walking away as host of the MTV Movie & TV Awards just days into the strike.
‘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,’ she began in the post. ‘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.’
Barrymore, 48, went on to make the point that the third season of the show had actually wrapped on April 20, which was prior to the strike, so they they never had to shut down production.
But with more time now in hindsight she has decided to make the choice to return to work for season four, even though the strikes are ongoing, because the show is ‘bigger than just me.’
Back to work: Drew Barrymore announced her daytime talk show The Drew Barrymore Show will soon be returning for its fourth season despite the ongoing SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes
‘I own this choice,’ Barrymore continued. ‘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. Our show was built for sensitive times and has only functioned through what the real world is going through in real time.’
The Emmy nominated host also revealed she was inspired to have the show return in order to provide work for her writers and entertainment for viewers during these difficult times.
‘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,’ she explained. ‘I hope for a resolve for everyone as soon as possible.’
She concluded the statement by making another reference to the show’s herculean effort to launch in 2020, which was during the initial COVID-19 lockdown.
‘We have navigated difficult times since we first came on air,’ she wrote, before ending, ‘And so I take a step forward to start season 4 once again with an astute humility.’
A spokesperson for the Writers Guild of America (WGA) maintain The Drew Barrymore Show is a struck show, and as a result union members are going to picket outside of her studios on Monday and Tuesday in New York City, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
‘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.’
Actors who appear as guests when The Drew Barrymore returns for its fourth season will have to abide by SAG-AFTRA strike rules, which include not discussing or promoting any struck work.
Bigger picture: Barrymore decided to make the choice to return to work for season four, even though the strikes are ongoing, because the show is ‘bigger than just me’
Making her case: The host declared, ‘I own this choice,’ on her Instagram page on Sunday, and that the show ‘will be in compliance with not discussing or promoting film and television that is struck of any kind’
Taking a stand: The Writers Guild of America (WGA), which represents 11,500 screenwriters, were the first to go on strike on May 2 over an ongoing labor dispute with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP); the Screen Actors Guild American – Federation Of Television And Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), which represents about 160,000 media professionals and entertainers, went on strike on July 14
The Writers Guild of America (WGA), which represents 11,500 screenwriters, were the first to go on strike on May 2, over an ongoing labor dispute with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).
One of the main focus points in the labor dispute is the residuals from Streaming video, with the WGA claims that AMPTP’s share of such residuals has cut much of the writers’ average incomes compared to a decade ago.
Writers also want artificial intelligence, such as ChatGPT, to be used only as a tool that can help with research or facilitate script ideas and not as a tool to replace them.
Members of the Screen Actors Guild American – Federation Of Television And Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). which represents about 160,000 media professionals and entertainers, went on strike on July 14 over its ongoing labor dispute with the AMPTP.
The union cited several issues in negotiations, including ‘economic fairness, residuals, regulating the use of artificial intelligence and alleviating the burdens of the industry-wide shift to self-taping.’
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