Title: Drew Barrymore Faces Backlash for Restarting Talk Show Amidst Writers Guild of America Strike
In a recent controversy, actress and talk show host Drew Barrymore has received backlash from protesters for restarting her talk show without unionized writers amidst the ongoing Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike. The move has sparked outrage and demonstrations, with protesters picketing outside CBS Studios in New York and demanding the show’s immediate shutdown.
A dozen demonstrators gathered in front of CBS Studios, chanting slogans such as “shut it down,” to express their discontent with Barrymore’s decision. Surprisingly, the writers of Barrymore’s show joined the protests, carrying signs that read “Drew’s WGA Crew,” in solidarity with their fellow union members.
Barrymore’s announcement on Instagram about the show’s restart further fueled the controversy. In her post, she emphasized that the revived show would not feature any struck films or television series. However, the WGA criticized this move, stating that it violated union rules as the talk show falls under the WGA coverage and is considered a struck show.
Another incident that added to the controversy was the alleged ejection of two audience members from a taping for wearing WGA pins. The show’s spokesperson cited heightened security concerns as the reason behind the incident, but offered the affected audience members additional tickets to another taping.
What makes this issue even more contentious is the fact that other talk shows, including The Talk, the Jennifer Hudson Show, and Sherri, are also set to resume production despite the ongoing strikes. This collective decision by various talk show hosts has intensified the outrage online, with users expressing their disappointment and urging Barrymore to reconsider her actions.
It is worth highlighting that Barrymore had previously dropped out as the host of the MTV Movie & TV Awards in support of striking writers. This move had earned her praise, making her decision to resume production now even more surprising and contradictory.
As the controversy continues to unfold, it remains to be seen how Barrymore and other talk show hosts will respond to the mounting criticism. The WGA strike, which began on November 17, shows no signs of ending anytime soon, and the actions taken by these popular talk show hosts will certainly shape the ongoing debate around writers’ fair treatment and representation in the entertainment industry.
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