Barrymore Show’s Head Writers Opt Out Amid WGA Strike Backlash

Drama unfolds as Barrymore navigates WGA strike aftermath

by Nouman Rasool
Barrymore Show’s Head Writers Opt Out Amid WGA Strike Backlash
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As “The Drew Barrymore Show” gears up to resume broadcasting, its pivotal trio of head writers has chosen not to rejoin. This decision follows hot on the heels of Barrymore's recent contentious move to recommence production even before the Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike officially ended.

Insiders affiliated with the talk show have revealed that post the lifting of the WGA strike order on September 27th, the triumvirate comprising Chelsea White, Cristina Kinon, and Liz Koe—once jointly helming the show's writing department—declined the offers made to them.

Barrymore's Controversial Return

With the anticipated broadcasting of the show's latest episode scheduled for October 16th, the search is now on for fresh talent to fill the shoes of this esteemed trio. It's notable that during the tail end of the WGA strike, Barrymore came under heavy union scrutiny.

The celebrity's announcement, indicating the show's impending return even as negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers were ongoing, drew significant flak. Further stoking the flames, Barrymore subsequently released an apology video on social media, asserting ownership of her decision to restart the show.

This video, since removed, seemed to only intensify the backlash, leading to Barrymore's retracing of steps just two days thereafter. In a heartfelt Instagram post dated September 17th, Barrymore commented, “In light of the feedback, we’ve chosen to delay our premiere until the strike's culmination.

My profound apologies to those aggrieved and to our dedicated team that shapes our show. Our intent was forging a way ahead, and I ardently wish for an industry-wide solution soon." Before Barrymore's about-face, the WGA had condemned her earlier resolution, stating, “It's not appropriate for Drew Barrymore to be broadcasting when her writing team is striking for rightful terms. Realistically, such shows are heavily reliant on their writers—a faction currently on strike."