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Drew Barrymore's talk show return sparks conversations on labor disputes in entertainment

Drew Barrymore's daytime talk show will return for season four despite the ongoing Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA strikes

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Drew Barrymore's daytime talk show will start its fourth season on September 18. This is four months after the Writers Guild of America went on strike after failed talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) and two months after SAG-AFTRA joined them.
In a message posted to social media on September 10, the TV program host mentioned her decision to step down as host of the 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards in May, stating that her show will be "in compliance with not discussing or promoting film and television that is struck of any kind."
Members of the Writers Guild of America and writers for The Drew Barrymore Show protested outside CBS Studios in New York on Monday when the daytime talk show started shooting again.
Picketers gave WGA pins to two people in the crowd who had signed up for free tickets to the taping. They say they were asked to leave before the show started because they were wearing the pins. 
At least 15 people demonstrated outside Drew Barrymore's New York City studios on Monday (11 September), after the actor drew criticism for declaring that the show will resume production on a new season in accordance with the conditions of the Hollywood strikes.
While Barrymore and her production team are not violating any strike regulations, others believe the daytime chat show's production is "still in dispute" and may be considered a "moral violation."
The WGA and SAG-AFTRA committees issued a statement saying, "The Drew Barrymore Show” is produced under the Network Television Code, which is a separate contract and is not struck." It is legal work, and Drew's function as host is not in violation of the existing strike guidelines."
The show has resumed without its writers, and the WGA has stated that it will protest outside the show this week because it is still on strike. 
The three WGA writers, who are all co-head writers on the program, were on the picket line and said they found out about the show's return, which has been on pause since April, from audience ticket giveaways publicized on social media. 
Monday's episode was a rerun of the April 11, 2023, episode, which featured Brooke Shields discussing her biographical documentary Pretty Baby with the film's executive producer, Jordan Fisher, and Ali Wentworth, who was in the cast of the Broadway musical Sweeney Todd at the time.
The fourth season of The Drew Barrymore's Show will premiere on September 18.
 

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