Drew Barrymore weighed in on her controversial decision to resume production on “The Drew Barrymore Show” amid the ongoing writers strike.
“I know there’s just nothing I can do that will make this OK for those it is not OK with. I fully accept that,” the actress and talk show host said in an Instagram post, which she deleted hours later.
Barrymore took the video down after criticism on social media, notably from her fellow members of the entertainment industry.
In the video Barrymore said that the situation is “so complex” and that her intentions “have never been in a place to upset or hurt anyone.” She also issued a tearful apology to writers and unions.
“I don’t exactly know what to say because sometimes when things are so tough it’s hard to make decisions from that place,” she said. So, all I can say is that I wanted to accept responsibility and no I don’t have a PR machine behind this.”
The actress went on to address why she made the decision to resume production of her talk show during the ongoing SAG/WGA strikes.
“I wanted to do this because, as I said, this is bigger than me and there are other people’s jobs on the line,” she said.
Actors Bradley Whitford, Debra Messing and Alyssa Milano were among those who posted responses to Barrymore’s video. “I hope you will reconsider,” said Messing.
The actress on Sunday announced that her talk show would return for its fourth season.
“I own this choice,” Barrymore said in an Instagram post. “We are in compliance with not discussing or promoting film and television that is struck of any kind.”
A SAG-AFTRA spokesperson told NBC at the time that the talk show’s return does not violate the ongoing strike.
“The Drew Barrymore Show is produced under the Network Television Code which is a separate contract and is not struck. It is permissible work and Drew’s role as host does not violate the current strike rules,” the spokesperson said.
Thousands of screenwriters and actors represented by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists have been on strike for months, citing unfair pay in the streaming era.
SAG-AFTRA’s members are seeking a new contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers that they believe must account for the economic realities of the streaming revolution and the risks posed by emerging digital technologies.
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