Drew Barrymore says she will not resume filming her talk show while the Writer’s Guild strike continues.
“I have listened to everyone, and I am making the decision to pause the show’s premiere until the strike is over. 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,” Barrymore announced Sunday.
A week ago, the actress-turned-talk show host said that she would start shooting a new episode. Her decision to no longer go through with filming may be due to the backlash and criticism she received. She was nearly brought to tears in a video in which she apologized for coming back, but said she was still going to return to production, TMZ reported.
Rosie O’Donnell also slammed Barrymore after the return announcement by giving her advice on how she could make amends with the union and the public. “Stop taping the show. Stop asking audiences to cross the picket line, Then ask someone to help you craft three declarative sentences. They should follow along these lines: I made an error. I apologize to the WGA for disrespecting the work of professional writers. I apologize to all union members who are withstanding real hardship as I live a life of luxury.”
Regardless, there seems to be a change of heart. “We really tried to find our way forward. And I truly hope for a resolution for the entire industry very soon,” Barrymore said.
She isn’t the only one pausing production. CBS‘ ‘The Talk’ is now postponing their own return as well.
A CBS rep says, “‘The Talk’ is pausing its season premiere scheduled for September 18. We will continue to evaluate plans for a new launch date.”