Drew Barrymore tearfully apologized on Instagram on September 15 for her decision to resume production of her talk show amid the Hollywood writers strike.
What Drew Barrymore’s Apologies
“I believe there’s nothing I can do or say in this moment to make it OK,” she said. “I wanted to own a decision so that it wasn’t a PR-protected situation. And I would just take full responsibility for my actions. I know there’s nothing I can do that will make this OK for those who (it) is not OK with. I fully accept that. I fully understand that.”
Barrymore, who has lost a gig hosting the National Books Awards in the wake of her decision, acknowledged the gravity of the situation.
“There are so many reasons why this is so complex and I just want everyone to know my intentions have never been in a place to upset or hurt anyone,” she said. “It’s not who I am. I’ve been through so many ups and downs in my life. And this is one of them. I deeply apologize to writers. I deeply apologize to unions.”
Barrymore said she made the decision to bring back her show because she felt it was important to provide a platform for people during difficult times.
“I wanted to do this because as I said, this is bigger than me,” she said. “And there are other people’s jobs on the line.”
“And since launching live in a pandemic, I just wanted to make a show that was there for people in sensitive times,” she added. “And I weighed the scales and I thought, ‘If we could go on during a global pandemics and everything that the world is experiencing or 2020, why would this sideline us?'”
Barrymore said she understands that her decision has upset some people, but she hopes that they will eventually understand her reasoning.
“I’m not asking for forgiveness,” she said. “I’m just asking for understanding.”
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The Writers Guild of America has been on strike since May, demanding better pay and working conditions for writers. The strike has affected the production on many television shows and movies.
It is unclear when the strike will end. However, Barrymore’s decision to resume production of her show is likely to add to the pressure on the WGA to reach a settlement.
Update: Drew Barrymore Removed The apology video And Post From Her Instagram Account.