Oct 4, 2023

‘The Drew Barrymore Show’ Writers Decline to Return 

Drew Barrymore made a controversial decision to bring her show back during the WGA/SAGAFTRA strike. In a whirlwind week of backlash news of the shows return, the star’s self uploaded social media defense followed by the decision to not bring the show back gave industry insiders and fans whiplash.

Coverage of The Drew Barrymore Show live at the Paramount Theater, scheduled to air on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Robert Voets/CBS ©2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

In a stunning move of consequences the three main writers for “The Drew Barrymore” show have declined to return as they found out that their show was returning without them while on the picket lines. The news of the shows return, followed by Drew’s impassion social media video, and the subseqent stop to the shows return had the internet in a frenzy. The three main writers in question are: Chelsea White, Cristina Kinon and Liz Koe.

With the WGA strike now over, The Drew Barrymore show is set to return October 16, and those writers Chelsea White, Cristina Kinon and Liz Koe — have declined an offer to return with it, according to sources. The production is curently interviewing new writers and will be in compliance with the WGA.

Drew’s writers: White, Kinon and Koe, were visible and vocal in their protest during the show’s initial return to production in mid-September. The trio of women, who shared the title co-head writer and have been with the series since season one, could be seen picketing outside of Drew’s Manhattan studio on multiple days, with signs that read, “Honk if you [love] union labor” or “Drew’s News: Strikes.”

On Sept. 11, which was meant to be the show’s first day back in production that they’d found out that Drew was returning, not from her, their boss or colleagues, but rather via audience ticket giveaways that had been posted on social media. The trio had previously shared with the Hollywood Reporter the sentiments: “It is a bummer to hear that the show is going back because it sends a message that union writers are not valuable.” 

Drew Barrymore is a beloved figure in America, while many disagree it is hard to have an entire show on pause. Did that decision hurt the writers? Of course. However, leaving the show on hiatus would also impact many more workers on the other side of the camera, who also have to feed their families. We do not envy Drew for her position at that time. What do you think of the news? Let us know in the comments below.