Drew Barrymore announces she's postponing talk show until strike ends following backlash
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Drew Barrymore announces she's postponing talk show until strike ends following backlash.
"I have listened to everyone and I am making the decision to pause the show's premiere until the strike is over," Barrymore wrote."
She continued: "I have no words to express my deepest apologies to anyone I have hurt and, of course, to our incredible team who works on the show and has made it what it is today."
"We really tried to find our way forward," she added. "And I truly hope for a resolution for the entire industry very soon."
CBS Media Ventures has since released their own statement supporting Barrymore's decision to postpone.
A spokesperson said: "We support Drew’s decision to pause the show’s return and understand how complex and difficult this process has been for her."
The strikes first kicked off earlier this year in May led by The Writers Guild of America (WGA), and in July, the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) joined too.
Since then, much of Hollywood's television and film industry has ground to a halt, with productions paused in line with strike rules.
Barrymore previously defended her decision to 'come back for the first time in this strike', and explained she originally 'made a choice to walk away from the MTV film and television awards because [she] was the host and it had a direct conflict with what the strike was dealing with which was studios, streamers, film, and television'.
"It was also in the first week of the strike and so I did what I thought was the appropriate thing at the time to stand in solidarity with the writers," she added.
In a post on social media, the organization said: "The National Book Awards is an evening dedicated to celebrating the power of literature, and the incomparable contributions of writers to our culture.
"In light of the announcement that The Drew Barrymore Show will resume production, the National Book Foundation has rescinded Ms. Barrymore's invitation to host the 74th National Book Awards Ceremony.
"Our commitment is to ensure that the focus of the Awards remains on celebrating writers and books, and we are grateful to Ms. Barrymore and her team for their understanding in this situation."