The actress made the controversial decision to return to her show
Just when it seemed with the Jimmy Fallon affair we had one of the best soap operas of these weeks – after the report of his despotism behind the cameras – it continues Drew Barrymore and overtook from the right to be “squirrel number 1” in a Hollywood paralyzed by the strike of the writers’ union and the actors’ union.
The veteran actress announced this this weekend continue the recordings of his program, ‘The Drew Barrymore Show’. In this way, the show will premiere season 4 next Monday, September 18. A decision that, although he justified it on his social networks, put the WGA on a war footing, which considered skipping this is the strike.
Barrymore’s decision to revive her show earned her backlash from writers, actors and co-stars. They consider the move “deeply disappointing” and something unforgivable.
The truth is, as is often the case, that although Barrymore is a member of SAG-AFTRA, programs like this and other morning shows like ‘The View’ and ‘The Talk’ (which are also continuing or have plans to continue their broadcasts) fall under a separate agreement so that the technical continuation of broadcasts does not conflict with the strike. Barrymore released a statement on the matter:
“I also made the decision to return for the first time in this strike to our program, which may have my name on it but is bigger than me. I made the decision mine. “We will comply by not discussing or promoting of films and television affected by the strike.”
However, the problem lies in the how will be in charge of writing the program. CBS Media Ventures assures that this return does not contain any written work covered by the WGA strike. What is unclear is whether this means they have, instead of WGA writers, non-union writers.
Regardless, the WGA is clear: “Any writing on ‘The Drew Barrymore Show’ is a strike violation” y From the beginning he organized pickets to appear in front of the CBS studio in New York where the show was recorded.
In fact, when the recordings continued, they had their first incident: two audience members “verbally attacked” by the program team and was kicked out of the recording for wearing two pins in support of the strike. The incident of which, according to the program, Barrymore had no prior knowledge.
The Barrymore case is a reminder to other presenters who decided to continue their programs during the strike. In 2008 we had, for example, the controversial return of late shows with David Letterman and Jay Leno using scabs, for example.
And this strike is not the first show to return, but the popularity of Drew Barrymore, perhaps, is the reason why it suddenly became. the great villain and icon that WGA will fight.