Drew Barrymore (Blended, The Drew Barrymore Show) will no longer be hosting The National Book Awards 74th Awards Ceremony, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The National Book Awards has rescinded their offer due to her controversial decision to resume her daytime talk show, even though the dual strikes have not concluded.
The award ceremony takes place in New York on November 15, and Barrymore was announced to host back in July.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Foundation wrote a statement in an X post that states, “The National Book Award is an evening dedicated to celebrating the power of literature, and the incomparable contributions of writers to out culture. In light of the announcement that The Drew Barrymore Show will resume production. The National Book Foundation has rescinded Ms. Barrymore’s invitation to host the 74th National Book Awards Ceremony. Our commitment is to ensure that the focus of the awards remains on celebrating writers and books, and we are grateful to Ms. Barrymore and her team for their understanding in this situation.”
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— National Book Foundation (@nationalbook) September 12, 2023
It is stated that a representative for Barrymore could not be reached in time to provide a comment. The offer was rescinded after Barrymore announced her decision to resume filming The Drew Barrymore Show during the strikes. She did note that she would be complying with WGA and SAG-AFTRA regulations and that the show would not be using writers affiliated with the guild.
A SAG-AFTRA representative commented on Barrymore’s decision, stating that, “The Drew Barrymore Show is produced under the Network Television Code which is a separate contract and is not struck. It is permissible work and Drew’s role as host does not violate the current strike rules.”
Even though Barrymore is technically not breaking any rules, lots of people are unhappy with her decision. Chelsea White (Singled Out, Grown & Sexy), one of Barrymore’s writers for the daytime talk show, was seen picketing outside the studio and publicly stated, “I think in general, this is obviously bigger than us three writers on The Drew Barrymore Show. It is a bummer to hear that the show is going back because it sends a message that union writers are not valuable. And it goes directly against what the WGA, SAG-AFTRA, all the unions are trying to band together to stand up against the greedy studios.”
This past Monday proved to be rough for The Drew Barrymore Show as well, as they resumed filming; two audience members were escorted out due to the fact that they were wearing WGA pins that were given to them by protestors outside of the studio.
A spokesperson for The Drew Barrymore Show came forward and stated that “Due to heightened security concerns today, we regret that two audience members were not permitted to attend or were not allowed access. Drew was completely unaware of the incident and we are in the process of reaching out to the affected audience members to offer them new tickets.” It begs the question if Barrymore will continue to film after these new developments or if the production will come to a halt once more.