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Alyssa Milano, Debra Messing & More Drag Drew Barrymore Over Talk Show Apology Video

This hasn't been a good week for Drew Barrymore. First it was reported that two New York students Dominic Turiczek and Cassidy Carter were kicked out of The Drew Barrymore Show after one of them refused to take off a WGA button handed to them outside the studio.

Now she's being dragged by her industry peers for returning to work on her talk show amid the writers and actors strikes.

via: Deadline

Alyssa Milano told the AP that, while “I love her very much, this is not the right move,” saying it “impacts the strength of our movement.” She ended by calling it, “Not a great move.”

Bradley Whitford, who’s been a frequent picketer even beyond West Wing Day, tried sarcasm.

“Drew Barrymore would like you to know that undermining union solidarity at the most crucial moment in Hollywood labor history makes her the victim,” he wrote. “This has been, like, a super tough week for her.”

Actor David Krumholtz replied in the comments to Barrymore’s Instagram apology before it was pulled.

“It’s complex for thousands. Who continue to strike and abide by strike rules. Extremely complex,” the Numb3rs actor wrote. “You could shut it down and you’d be considered brave. You’d be forgiven. What makes the strike more complex for thousands of people, is you making a decision that hurts their efforts in trying to achieve a fair deal amidst a cutthroat corporate environment that will use your show as an example of division and disunity.”

Debra Messing also weighed in in the comments on Barrymore’s post writing, “You can choose now to halt production. You can choose to pay your employees like other talk show hosts who have stood in solidarity with the writers. There are thousands of union members jobs and livelihoods that are at stake (exponential more than those who work on your show) and the future of our beloved industry. I hope you will reconsider.”

The WGA issued a statement to Deadline which read,

“Drew Barrymore should not be on the air while her writers are on strike fighting for a fair deal,” a guild spokesperson told Deadline today after the ET actress’ video went up. “In reality, shows like this cannot operate without writing, and that is struck work.”

A spokesperson for CBS Media Ventures, The Drew Barrymore Show producer and distributor, released a statement in response to WGA, saying they “are very mindful and sensitive to the complex circumstances surrounding the show’s return and we will be in full compliance with all our labor agreements and any strike rules.” CBS also noted its hosts work under a separate agreement with SAG-AFTRA that allows Barrymore and other daytime hosts to continue hosting their shows. “While our show has been largely an unscripted talk show from the beginning, the new shows we are producing this season will be completely unscripted until the strike ends,” the statement emphasized, adding “No one on our staff will fill a writing position.” You can read the entire statement at the bottom of the story.

The AFL-CIO, which is about to engage in its own labor action, translated Barrymore’s move to the auto industry.

Playing devil's advocate, is it Drew we should be angry at, or is she bound by a contract via the studio who may be forcing her to return to work?

I remember hearing that people who host talk shows are held under a different contract compared to people who are members of SAG-AFTRA (which is why the ladies of The View continued to work over the summer when the strikes first happened).

My question is if Drew, who has been acting since she was a toddler is a member of SAG-AFTRA, should she be doing her talk show, which quiet as it's kept I don't know anyone who watches her show.

Crossing the picket line in order to continue fattening the pockets of the network sends the wrong message, and once the strikes are over I'm sure Drew will have a hard time getting guests to come on her show.

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