Beloved Hollywood icon Drew Barrymore is crossing the picket lines and heading back to work. The daytime TV host shared an Instagram post revealing that she and her team would be returning to the stage to pick up the fourth season of her hit show.
The Drew Barrymore Show will move into its fourth season without writers. How this will affect the quality of the production will be revealed when the first episode airs on September 18.
While the Scream star said that she was following all of the guidelines set forth by those of the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA, a spokesperson for the Writers Guild told The Hollywood Reporter that this was in no way the case.
Considered to be a struck show, those staff members on the union have stood by their decision to show up and picket the show’s studios on Monday and Tuesday. According to the spokesperson, The Drew Barrymore Show will move into its fourth season without writers. How this will affect the quality of the production will be revealed when the first episode airs on September 18.
Barrymore made headlines ahead of the MTV Film and TV Awards back in May when she announced that she would be stepping down from her role as the host because of the writers strike.
The news comes as a double bummer to fans who applauded Drew Barrymore’s quick action to stand alongside the unions when she announced that the show would join the movement on May 2. She also made headlines ahead of the MTV Film and TV Awards back in May when she announced that she would be stepping down from her role as the host. Again, this decision was in a stance of solidarity with the writers who had – at that time – just begun their strike.
As per her Instagram post, Drew Barrymore pointed out that Season 3 of her fan-favorite show had already bowed out by the time the strike began – meaning that there was never a need to shut it down. She also said that her decision to back out of the MTV event was due to the fact that it was early on in the movement and that she wanted to let the writers know that she was standing alongside them. But, now, things have changed for the longtime Hollywood personality.
Writing, “I own this choice,” Drew Barrymore told her followers that despite the love she has for the actors and writers involved in the strike, her show is “bigger than just me,” likely pointing to the additional crew members who make it all happen. Pushing off some of the heat, the host said that the show was “in compliance” with rules within the union such as doing no promotional spots until a fair deal has been struck.
Kicking off in September 2020, something that Drew Barrymore alludes to in her Instagram post, The Drew Barrymore Show came into living rooms across America. Known for her performances in a slew of major titles including E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, The Wedding Singer, Never Been Kissed, and Charlie’s Angels, the Golden Globe and Screen Actors’ Guild award-winning performer quickly drew in a dedicated crowd of fans. With connections to a multitude of celebrities, Barrymore’s guest appearance list is unmatched when it comes to daytime TV.
Other Talk Shows Returning This Fall
As of right now, The Drew Barrymore Show is just one title returning to work with others including The View and Live with Kelly and Mark also trudging along. Meanwhile, the world of late-night television has continued to pause with shows like The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon turning to reruns.