The Drew Barrymore Show will return to TV screens sooner than expected.
In a lengthy Instagram post, Drew Barrymore announced that her daytime talk show will soon begin its fourth season, in accordance with Writers Guild of America rules and the SAG-AFTRA strikes.
The actress began her message by referring to her decision to no longer host the MTV Film and TV Awards in May, in solidarity with the writers who had just gone on strike.
“It was in direct conflict with what the strike was about, which was studios, streamers, film and television,” she wrote in the post and caption. “It was also the first week of the strike and so I did what I thought was the right thing at the time to stand in solidarity with the writers.”
She pointed out that season three of her show was wrapped before the strike so they never had to wrap it up. But she’s now making another conscious choice to return to work amid the strikes by both writers and actors, because the show is “bigger than just me.”
“I own this choice,” Barrymore continued. “We are in agreement with not discussing or promoting film and television that have been affected in any way. We launched live into a global pandemic. Our show was built for sensitive times and has only functioned because of what the real world is going through in real time.
The talk show host explained that her desire to return to the show stemmed from wanting to provide work for the writers during a difficult time in the industry.
“I want to be there to provide what writers do so well, which is a way to bring us together or help us understand the human experience,” she concluded. “I hope for a solution for everyone as soon as possible. We’ve been through some tough times since we first hit the airwaves. And so I take a step forward to begin Season 4 again with astute humility.
More to come…