The three head co-writers of “The Drew Barrymore Show” are not returning to the daytime talk show, a CBS representative told HuffPost on Wednesday.
Since the end of the Writers Guild of America strike last week, talk shows have resumed. Chelsea White, Cristina Kinon and Liz Koe were offered their spots back on Drew Barrymore’s show, set to return Oct. 16, but declined, according to CBS reps. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report it.
White and Kinon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Koe could not be reached.
The decision not to return came after Barrymore found herself in trouble when she announced last month that she would return to the show before the strike ended. In a video explaining her decision, Barrymore apologized to the writers and the union and compared filming during the strike to filming during the COVID-19 lockdown.
“I don’t think there’s anything I can do or say at this moment to make everything right,” Barrymore said in the since-deleted video in September. “I wanted to make a decision so it wasn’t a PR-protected situation and I…take full responsibility…I know there’s just nothing I can do to make this okay for those it’s not okay for.” . ”
Barrymore quickly received backlash from the guild and other actors like Debra Messing. Shortly afterwards, she announced that she would pause the show until the strike ended.
White, Kinon and Koe protested the show’s initial return in September. according to THR. The women demonstrated outside the show’s studio with signs like “Honk if you.” [love] Union Work” or “Drew’s News: Strikes”. (HuffPost’s unionized employees are represented by the Writers Guild of America, East.)