Drew Barrymore Issues Apology and Deletes It After Announcing “The Drew Barrymore Show” Return Amid Strikes

“The Drew Barrymore Show” is scheduled to make its Season 4 comeback on September 18, amidst the ongoing strikes by SAG-AFTRA and WGA. Drew Barrymore initially issued an emotional apology but later removed it.

Shortly after revealing that her talk show, “The Drew Barrymore Show,” would return for its fourth season despite the ongoing strikes by SAG-AFTRA and WGA, actress Drew Barrymore took to Instagram to issue a tearful apology on Friday. However, she deleted the video hours later, following mixed reactions.

Drew Barrymore’s Apology: On Friday, Drew shared a heartfelt apology on her Instagram, visibly emotional as she spoke. She stated, “I believe there’s nothing I can do or say in this moment to make it okay. I wanted to take full responsibility for my actions and not shield them with PR. There are many reasons why this situation is complex, and I want everyone to know that I never intended to upset or harm anyone; that’s not who I am. I’ve experienced many ups and downs in my life, and this is one of them.”

She extended her apology to the writers participating in the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes. “I deeply apologize to writers. I deeply apologize to unions. I certainly didn’t anticipate this level of attention, and we will adhere to the rules and ensure compliance. I made this decision because, as I mentioned earlier, this is a larger issue, and other people’s livelihoods are at stake.”

Reactions to Drew’s Apology: Initially, when Drew announced the return of her talk show on September 18, SAG-AFTRA, of which she is a member, supported her decision, stating that her show falls under “permissible work,” and Drew’s role as host does not violate the current strike rules.

However, the Writer’s Guild of America condemned the decision, stating, “The Guild has, and will continue to, picket struck shows that are in production during the strike. Any writing on ‘The Drew Barrymore Show’ is in violation of WGA strike rules.”

WGA member and TV writer David Slack also criticized Drew’s statement on social media and wrote, “Writers don’t need an apology, @DrewBarrymore. We need you to stop doing a show that cannot be made without scab writing. Apologies are meaningless until you stop causing harm. Just #StopScabbingDrew.”

The widespread backlash prompted Drew to delete her apology video hours later.

Meanwhile, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, representing the industry’s studios, streaming services, and production companies in union negotiations, announced that they had reached out to the Writers Guild of America, and both sides agreed to resume negotiations next week.

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