LOS ANGELES — Actor Drew Barrymore issued a video apology Friday to striking Hollywood writers, but said she would continue with plans to return to her talk show next week.
Barrymore has been the subject of protests from members of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) who say she is violating the terms of their work stoppage by filming new episodes of “The Drew Barrymore Show.” The first is expected to air on Monday.
In a video posted to Instagram, Barrymore’s voice shook as she responded to the backlash.
“I deeply apologize to the writers. I offer my sincere apologies to the unions,” she said.
Barrymore said she decided to move forward in part because “other people’s jobs are on the line.” Thousands of crew members have been out of work since the WGA strike began in May and production was halted. Other filming stopped when members of the SAG-AFTRA actors union walked out in July.
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