After the host's controversial choice to start the show back up while the Writers Guild of America (WGA) was on strike, Drew Barrymore Show writers decline to return.
The Drew Barrymore Show is set to come back after the strike on Oct. 16. However, the show's writers, Chelsea White, Cristina Kinon, and Liz Koe, have apparently turned down the offer to come back. In order to comply with the Writers Guild of America (WGA), the show will now be interviewing new writers.
Drew Barrymore wearing a green dress "The Drew Barrymore Show" is getting ready to go back on the air, but its three main writers have decided not to come back with it. This newscomes less than a month after Barrymore caused a lot of trouble when she said she was going back to work before the WGA strike was over. The show made an offer to Chelsea White, Liz Koe, and Cristina Kinon, the three co-head writers, but they all turned it down. A source close to the show tells Rolling Stonethat the show is now considering other writers to fill their spot and will follow guild rules. The show aims to return to the air on October 16.
Barrymore has gotten a lot of criticism since CBS said the daytime talk show's fourth season would start on September 18 without its three writers. White, Koe, and Kinon, along with other striking writers, stood outside the studio of The Drew Barrymore Show to protest Barrymore's choice to come back to work during the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike.
At the time, the talk show was "in violation of WGA strike rules," according to the WGA. Barrymore soon lost her job as host of the National Book Awards, and on September 17, the show's opening was put on hold until the strike was over.
On September 24, the Writers Guild and the Hollywood studios came to a tentative agreement. This week, the full membership of the union has started voting to approve the agreement. The Writers Guild said that the deal was "exceptional" and pointed out that its members got "gains and protections" from it.
White first found out about the show's return and ticket sales from a post on social media. While she was on the picket lines, fair wages, AI protections, and moving from the gig economy to a stable job were her top priorities. She said that the third season of the show ended before the strike started, and White wasn't sure if she'd come back to the talk show without an offer.
In the last weeks of the WGA strike, Barrymore was criticized by the union in a big way. The host announced plans for the return of her talk show before the guild reached a new contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. She publicly backed up her decision by posting an apology video on social media, which has since been deleted, in which she said, "I own this choice"about the return. After that comment made things even more controversial, Barrymore changed her mind about what she was going to do two days later.
Barrymore wrote on Instagram on Sept. 17:
I have listened to everyone, and I am making the decision to pause the show’s premiere until the strike is over. 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.- Drew Barrymore
The three writers who didn't come back had spoken out against Barrymore's decision to return during the strike, with White telling THR that it's "a bummer" because it shows that union writers aren't important.
The 148-day writers' strike finally ended on September 27 when the WGA's leaders voted unanimously to accept the tentative deal they had reached with Hollywood's studios. In the meantime, many daytime and late-night talk shows have come back, including those led by Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Seth Meyers, and John Oliver.
Drew Barrymore is still dealing with the effects of her decision to keep doing her daily talk show even though the Writers Guild of America (WGA) was on strike. Even though Barrymore changed her mind and pushed back the start of the fourth season of The Drew Barrymore Show, her head writers are now refusing to come back. The Hollywood Reportersays that writers Chelsea White, Cristina Kinon, and Liz Koe turned down an offer to work with Barrymore. Now, people who want to write are being interviewed.
Barrymore said that her show, which is called "Barrymore," would return on September 18. However, WGA members and supporters were very angry about this, so Barrymore chose to put her show on hold until the strike was over. A few days later, on September 27, the WGA strike was over.
While late-night talk shows rushed to get back on the air, The Drew Barrymore Show set October 16 as the start date for its fourth season. Barrymore has been playing since she was 5 years old, so she is a member of SAG. During the strike, she can work as a host.