Four months after the Writers Guild of America officially went on strike following failed negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), and two months after SAG-AFTRA joined them, Drew Barrymore confirmed that they would vote for the fourth season of his talk show series will return on September 18th.
In a statement shared on social media on September 10, the TV show host referenced her decision to step down as host of the 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards in May and indicated that her show would comply become unemployed by not reviewing or promoting films and television shows.
He added: “And to be clear, our talk show ended on April 20th, so we never had to end it. However, I am also making the decision to return for the first time during this strike for our program, which bears my name but is bigger than me.”
“I want to be there to offer what authors do so well, and that is a way to bring us together or help us understand the human experience,” he wrote. I look forward to finding a solution for everyone as quickly as possible. We’ve been through tough times since we first aired. And so I step forward to begin season four once again with wise humility.
According to the portal enews.com, the WGA spoke out against the decision, saying that the actress’s program is “a program that the WGA wants to eclipse and return without its authors.”
“The Guild has and will continue to express dissenting opinions regarding programs in production during the strike,” said the statement shared by X, formerly known as Twitter. “Any writing on The Drew Barrymore Show violates the WGA’s strike rules.
A spokesperson also told The Hollywood Reporter that union members will demonstrate outside the show’s studios in New York City on September 11th and 12th.