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Drew Barrymore Delays Talk Show Premiere Amid Backlash Over Strikes

US actress Drew Barrymore has decided to delay the premiere of her US talk show until the Hollywood strikes come to an end, following a backlash regarding her initial decision to resume filming.

She issued a tearful on-camera apology for proceeding with the production of her CBS talk show, “The Drew Barrymore Show.”

Barrymore had originally planned to return to television screens on Monday, despite the ongoing Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike that began in May.

The filming for the fourth season of her show took place earlier this week, even as her three unionised writers were on strike.

Initially, the 48-year-old actress refused to halt production and argued that the show was in compliance with strike rules. However, this decision sparked a significant backlash, with many on social media accusing her of not showing solidarity with the striking writers.

In a statement posted on Instagram on Sunday, Barrymore announced that she was pausing the premiere of her show until the strike was resolved. She expressed her deepest apologies to anyone she may have hurt, including the show’s dedicated team that contributed to its success.

Barrymore’s decision to postpone the premiere follows her posting an emotional video, which has since been deleted, in which she offered a heartfelt apology to the writers and unions. In the video, she admitted that there was nothing she could do or say at that moment to make things right but emphasised that her intentions had never been to upset or hurt anyone, as that was not who she is.

This development reflects a significant shift in response to the criticism Barrymore faced, and it appears she now recognises the importance of supporting the striking writers and the cause they represent.