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Drew Barrymore Announces Return of Talk Show, Says It Will Be “In Compliance” with WGA, SAG Strike Rules

Drew Barrymore has announced she is bringing back her daytime talk show for Season 4 amid the ongoing writers and actors strikes. Though the host wrote in a statement that she plans to be “in compliance” with strike rules, the Writers Guild of America has already responded by announcing it will picket outside of Barrymore’s studios on Monday and Tuesday.

As Barrymore herself points out, Season 3 of The Drew Barrymore Show wrapped before the WGA agreed to go on strike on May 2nd. So, she never had to make the decision to go dark — unlike late night hosts Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, and Jimmy Kimmel.

The Writers Guild of America, East shared the following statement on social media in response to Barrymore’s announcement: “The Drew Barrymore Show is a WGA covered, struck show that is planning to return without its writers. 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.”

Per The Hollywood Reporter, a spokesperson for CBS Media Ventures clarified in a statement that The Drew Barrymore Show “will not be performing any writing work covered by the WGA strike.”

In a social media statement explaining her show’s return, Barrymore explained that she made a conscious decision to walk away from hosting the MTV Film and TV Awards “in solidarity with the writers” who had gone on strike. Now, she is making another conscious choice to come back to work with both the WGA and SAG-AFTRA firmly entrenched in strikes because the show is “bigger than just me.”

“I own this choice,” Barrymore wrote. “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.”

She continued, “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. I hope for a resolve for everyone as soon as possible. We have navigated difficult times since we first came on air. And so I take a step forward to start season 4 once again with an astute humility.” Read the full statement below.

Barrymore’s work as a performer on the show will not be in violation of SAG-AFTRA strike rules because it falls under a different contract that covers talk shows, game shows, variety shows, and soap operas that was renewed by union members in 2022.

Season 4 of The Drew Barrymore Show is slated to premiere on September 18th. Any actor who appears as a guest will have to abide by SAG-AFTRA strike rules, which means not discussing or promoting struck projects.

Be sure to read our explainers about the WGA strike and SAG-AFTRA strike.