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Social Media Has Already Won the Strike

Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore was never going to get away with bringing her show back. Photo by John Lamparski/Getty
Matthew Belloni
September 17, 2023

I know Drew Barrymore has an experienced publicist, Stephen Huvane, and that both the CAA and CBS braintrusts are advising her. But here’s a free statement that she could have put out instead of the bizarre hostage videos that turned her into perhaps the most high-profile villain of the strike, going from “I own this choice” to “I have no words to express my deepest apologies” in less than a week:

“My talk show is syndicated to 200 stations. Like all the syndicated shows that are returning, we are contractually obligated to deliver new episodes or the stations can drop us. I support the WGA and SAG-AFTRA and hope they achieve a fair deal. I’m also sensitive to the 150 employees who depend on this show for their basic needs. Oprah and Ellen faced this decision in 2007 and they made the same choice.”