'The Talk' and 'The Jennifer Hudson Show' cancel premieres last minute, after Drew Barrymore caves to pressure

15:29 18.09.2023 - FOX News, Elizabeth Stanton

Barrymore announced her decision to not resume production of her talk show on Sunday.

Following Drew Barrymore's decision to pause her show's return after immense backlash, other talk shows are following suit.

CBS' The Talk and the syndicated series "The Jennifer Hudson Show" were both set to return Monday but put those plans on hold.

A statement from CBS provided to Fox News Digital read, "'The Talk' is pausing its season premiere scheduled for September 18. We will continue to evaluate plans for a new launch date."

Deadline reported "The Jennifer Hudson Show" had similar discussions, including urging from host Jennifer Hudson, to put the premiere on hold.

Representatives for "The Jennifer Hudson Show" did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital's request for comment.

All three shows use WGA writers in their productions but had been planning on returning without them for their fall seasons despite the ongoing strike.

Other shows, such as "Live with Kelly and Mark," "The Tamron Hall Show" and "The Sherri Shepherd Show," are returning or currently airing but are able to do so because they do not use union writers on their staffs. The writers strike has been ongoing since May 2, and the actors union, SAG-AFTRA, joined them in July.

Sherri Shepherd addressed her show's return Monday, clarifying the distinction on why some shows are cleared to air and others aren't.

"But here's the thing: Talk shows in general fall under a different union contract code, so we are allowed to come back - unless you are a WGA show. Now, 'The Sherri Shepherd Show' is not a WGA show," she explained.

"We have never employed WGA writers. So us coming back to work is not crossing the picket line," Shepherd continued. "And as a comic, my comedic take on the headlines is my voice. I write my jokes. I'm the writer. And I'm not in the WGA. I have the producers, who help me shape my words, which is why we don't have WGA writers over here at 'Sherri.'"

She added, "My heart is breaking for all of the people that cannot work right now, and I hope that our industry can get this strike resolved soon. I stand in solidarity with my union."

The whirlwind of delayed premieres comes after a week of negative responses to Barrymore's initial announcement that her talk show would return without its union writing staff.

After posting a video on social media where she explained and defended her decision, the "E.T." star announced Sunday she was putting the show's return on hold.

"I have listened to everyone, and I am making the decision to pause the show's premiere until the strike is over," she wrote in a statement on Instagram.

"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. And I truly hope for a resolution for the entire industry very soon," Barrymore concluded.

"We support Drew's decision to pause the show's return and understand how complex and difficult this process has been for her," a CBS Media Ventures spokesperson told Fox News Digital.

Fox News Digital's Caroline Thayer contributed to this report.

/ Monday, September 18, 2023, 3:29 PM /

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Drew Barrymore to Сpause' controversial talk show return until strike is over

Drew Barrymore announced Sunday she will pause the Season 4 premiere of her talk show, set for Monday, following backlash she received for taping during the Writers Guild of America strike.


The "50 First Dates" actress added that she truly hopes "for a resolution for the entire industry very soon."

Barrymore released the statement after a week of online backlash, protests outside the CBS Broadcast Center in Midtown, and the retraction of her invitation to host the upcoming National Book Awards ceremony.

The Post contacted reps for Barrymore and the Writers Guild for comment.


The Blended actress took to Instagram a week ago to announce that Season 4 would premiere Sept. 18.

"I am ... making the choice to come back for the first time in this strike for our show, that may have my name on it but this is bigger than just me," she wrote on Sept. 10. "I own this choice."

Her message continued, "We are in compliance with not discussing or promoting film and television that is struck of any kind. We launched live in a global pandemic. Our show was built for sensitive times and has only functioned through what the real world is going through in real time."

A CBS Media Ventures spokesperson told The Post at the time that, "The Drew Barrymore Show will not be performing any writing work covered by the WGA strike."

WGA members picketed tapings in response.

Since May 2, Hollywood writers have been striking for higher wages, regulation surrounding artificial intelligence, and better pay from streaming services. The SAG-AFTRA strike began in July.

According to strike guidelines, union members are prohibited from participating in interviews for completed work and making personal appearances.

Last week, the "Charlie's Angels" star defended her controversial decision to tape her show - which debuted in September 2020 at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

"I certainly couldn't have expected this kind of attention," Barrymore said in a now-deleted Instagram video. "We aren't gonna break rules, and we will be in compliance. I wanted to do this because as I said, this is bigger than me, and there are other people's jobs on the line."

She vehemently denied that a "PR machine" was behind the decision.

"I don't exactly know what to say because sometimes when things are so tough, it's hard to make decisions from that place. So all I can say is that I wanted to accept responsibility, and no, I don't have a PR machine behind this. My decision to go back to the show - I didn't want to hide behind people," continued Barrymore.

"I won't polish this with bells and whistles and publicists and corporate rhetoric. I'll just stand out there and accept and be responsible."

New seasons of "The View," "Tamron Hall," and "Live with Kelly and Mark" also premiered this month.

Bill Maher's "Real Time" will come back as well.

Drew Barrymore says she will pause the return of her talk show "until the strike is over"

Drew Barrymore announced on Sunday her decision to halt the upcoming season premiere of her namesake daytime talk series, "The Drew Barrymore Show," a reversal that answered to mounting backlash over Barrymore's initial plans to return to the show despite the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.


Barrymore drew criticism from members of the writers and actors guilds last week, when she initially announced her decision to move ahead with the talk show's scheduled fourth season premiere date on Sept. 18. She said at the time that her talk show would comply with the rules of the strike.

"I own this choice," Barrymore wrote on Instagram on Sunday, Sept. ..... That post has now been removed from the social media site.

In the wake of Barrymore at first announcing she would return to the series as planned, members of WGA and SAG-AFTRA picketed outside of the studio where filming takes place for "The Drew Barrymore Show," at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City. Meanwhile, the National Book Foundation rescinded Barrymore's invitation to host the 74th annual National Book Awards ceremony.

The writer's guild tweeted Sunday that "any writing" on Barrymore's show "violates WGA strike rules."

"The Drew Barrymore Show is a WGA-covered, struck show that is planning to return without its writers," the tweet read. "The Guild has and will continue to, picket-struck shows that are in production during the strike."


Members of the Writer's Guild of America went on strike in May amid ongoing negotiations for a new contract that meets their demands for better compensation, increased residuals for streaming content and regulations regarding the use of artificial intelligence. SAG-AFTRA, the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, joined the strike in July.

Paramount+ and CBS News and Stations are part of Paramount Global, one of the companies affected by the strike. Some CBS News staff are WGA and SAG-AFTRA members but work under different contracts than the writers and actors who are on strike.

-Gina Martinez and S. Dev contributed reporting.

Drew Barrymore takes break from show amid backlash during Hollywood writers' strike

In an announcement on Sunday, Drew Barrymore revealed that she would be halting the Season 4 premiere of her talk show, "The Drew Barrymore Show," in response to the criticism she faced for taping during the ongoing Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike. Barrymore took to Instagram to express her apologies to those she may have hurt and to her dedicated team who has contributed to the success of the show. She emphasized that she had listened to everyone's concerns and made the decision to pause the premiere until the strike is over. Barrymore also expressed her hope for a resolution in the industry soon.

The controversy surrounding Barrymore's decision to proceed with the show despite the strike escalated throughout the week. ..... 

A spokesperson for CBS Media Ventures, the production and distribution company behind "The Drew Barrymore Show," expressed support for Barrymore's decision to pause the show's return, acknowledging the complexity and difficulty of the situation. The spokesperson further clarified that the show would not perform any writing work covered by the WGA strike.

Barrymore had initially announced on Instagram a week ago that Season 4 of her show would premiere on September 18. She stressed that her decision to return to the show during the strike was driven by the recognition that the issue at hand was bigger than just her. Barrymore assured her followers that the show was in compliance with the strike guidelines, refraining from discussing or promoting any struck film or television. She also highlighted that the show had been launched during the global pandemic and had been designed to address the sensitive issues of the times.

The WGA strike, which began on May 2, is an ongoing battle for better compensation, increased residuals for streaming content, and regulations regarding the use of artificial intelligence. The strike has significantly impacted the entertainment industry, with Hollywood writers demanding fair contracts. ..... 

Barrymore defended her decision to continue her show in a now-deleted Instagram video. She emphasized that she did not have a PR machine backing her choice and that she was taking full responsibility for her actions. Barrymore expressed her commitment to not hide behind others and to face the consequences directly. Nevertheless, she assured her audience that the show would comply with the union strike guidelines and acknowledged the importance of other people's jobs that were at stake.

"The Drew Barrymore Show" is not the only talk show to face criticism for returning to production during the strike. ..... 

The decision to halt the show's return was met with mixed reactions. Some praised Barrymore for taking responsibility and acknowledging the concerns raised by the unions and viewers. Others expressed disappointment and hoped for a change of heart.

The controversy surrounding Barrymore's decision to continue her show during the strike highlights the ongoing struggle between writers and the entertainment industry for fair contracts and compensation. The outcome of the strike and the resolution of these issues will have a significant impact on the future of the industry.

The Talk' follows Drew Barrymore in postponing return as strike continues

It's The Talk of the town.

Daytime talk show The Talk has reversed its decision to premiere its 14th season on Monday as the Writers Guild of America strike continues.

A spokesperson for CBS told The Post on Sunday that "'The Talk' is pausing its season premiere" and "will continue to evaluate plans for a new launch date."

The Post reached out to the WGA for comment.

"The Talk," which is hosted by Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Natalie Morales, Jerry O'Connell and Sheryl Underwood, went dark in May as Hollywood writers began striking over higher wages and more residuals.

Sunday's announcement, which followed protests outside tapings of "The Talk," comes mere hours after Drew Barrymore revealed she will also postpone the return of her own talk show until the strike ends.

Barrymore, 48, took to Instagram one day before the scheduled premiere of the show's fourth season to share the news.


Meanwhile, shows including "The View," "Tamron Hall," and "Live with Kelly and Mark" have debuted new seasons.

Bill Maher's "Real Time" is expected to return this week as well.

Drew Barrymore apologizes, pauses show after facing intense scrutiny for resuming production during strike

The Hollywood writers strike has been ongoing since May 2.

Drew Barrymore is shutting down production on her daytime talk show after receiving an onslaught of backlash for resuming production amid the Hollywood writers strike.


Barrymore announced her return to television last week, and CBS network confirmed "The Drew Barrymore Show" would air new episodes beginning Sept. 18. The writers strike has been ongoing since May 2.

"I own this choice," she wrote at the time. ..... 

While protesting outside the CBS Broadcast Center in Manhattan, Cristina Kinon, co-head writer of "The Drew Barrymore Show," told Fox News Digital that the staff writers were not notified that the show was returning for a fourth season without writers and noted they were also not being paid.

"I'm sure it was a really difficult decision for [Barrymore] to make," Kinon shared. "I can't speak for what she's thinking, but I think that I would love for everyone in the industry to stand in solidarity with the guilds and to make sure that writers and actors get the contracts they deserve."



One individual protesting outside CBS Broadcast Center in Manhattan held a sign which read, "Drew's WGA Crew."(Julia Bonavita/Fox News Digital)

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One shirt at the picket lines read Drew Crew with the words "OF WGA WritersRITERS" spelled in tape.(Julia Bonavita/Fox News Digital)


Members of the Writers Guild protest outside the studio where Drew Barrymore's talk show is filmed to express their discontent with the star's decision to resume filming amid the ongoing strike.(Julia Bonavita/Fox News Digital)

In the wake of her decision to resume production, Barrymore was dropped as the host for The National Book Foundation's upcoming awards.

She issued another apology Friday in a since-deleted video shared on Instagram. "I've been through so many ups and downs in my life, and this is one of them. I deeply apologize to writers. I deeply apologize to unions. I deeply apologize," Barrymore said.

 ..... I certainly couldn't have expected this kind of attention, and we aren't going to break rules and we'll be in compliance. ..... 

The post has since disappeared.

Kinon, for her part, told Fox News Digital that she did not begrudge her fellow employees who had chosen to return.

"I think that everybody deserves to be paid. Everybody deserves to be paid fairly. I don't hold it against anybody who needs to work, of course. And I wish everyone had a union that could protect them and protect their wages and make sure they're paid fairly."

A representative for Barrymore and CBS Media Ventures did not immediately return Fox News Digital's request for comment.

Bill Maher reverses decision to bring back show amid strike negotiations, hopes they 'finally get this done'

Maher wrote that his initial decision was made because there was 'no end in sight to this strike'.

After initially declaring his show would return amid the writers strike, talk show host Bill Maher announced Monday he has reversed that decision for the time being.

"Real Time with Bill Maher's" 21st season was cut short after Hollywood writers went on strike in May. Writers are asking for higher pay, a guaranteed number of writers per room, better residuals and safeguards around the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the writing process in their list of demands. With no foreseeable end to the strike, Maher initially revealed that the show would return without writers and simply skip the segments that rely on writers.

"Real Time is coming back, unfortunately, sans writers or writing," he wrote last week. "It has been five months, and it is time to bring people back to work. The writers have important issues that I sympathize with, and hope they are addressed to their satisfaction, but they are not the only people with issues, problems, and concerns," noting later that "there still seems to be nothing happening" in terms of negotiations.

However, there now appears to be progress in the negotiations.

"The WGA and AMPTP now have a confirmed schedule to bargain this week, starting on Wednesday," the writers guild wrote in a memo to members on Monday morning. "You might not hear from us in the coming days while we are negotiating, but know that our focus is getting a fair deal for writers as soon as possible."

With the news of negotiations resuming, Maher postponed the return of "Real Time with Bill Maher" out of solidarity.

"My decision to return to work was made when it seemed nothing was happening and there was no end in sight to this strike," he wrote on Monday. "Now that both sides have agreed to go back to the negotiating table I'm going to delay the return of Real Time, for now, and hope they can finally get this done."

Maher's is not the only major show to change its plans to return to television amid the contentious strike.

Actress and show host Drew Barrymore recently decided to pause her show's return after immense backlash to the announcement that it would return despite the strike not being resolved.


FOX News Digital reached out to both the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and Warner Media and did not receive an immediate reply.

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