Drew Barrymore’s chat show resumed amid the Hollywood strike (Picture: CBS)
Drew Barrymore was reportedly unaware that two audience members were kicked out for wearing WGA pins in support of the writers strike.
In early July Hollywood officially went on strike after US union the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists voted unanimously to walk out, following weeks of unsuccessful negotiations.
The decision came after negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) – who represent studios including Disney, Warner Brothers and Netflix – failed to produce new contracts.
According to reports, two members were removed during Monday’s taping before the show began because they were wearing the pins.
In a post shared on X (formerly known as Twitter), audience member Dominic Turiczek shared how he was forced to leave the live taping after producers spotted him and another audience member wearing pins and T-shirts in support of the ongoing Hollywood strikes.
‘Went to @DrewBarrymoreTV after winning tickets, unaware of the #WGA strike,’ he wrote alongside a photo of himself posing outside of the studios.
Drew was reportedly unaware of what happened (Picture: Getty Images North America)
‘We took pins & went in, got kicked out, & verbally assaulted by @DrewBarrymore ’s crew. It’s clear they don’t support #WGAStrong, writers or fans! #DrewTheRightThing So we took shirts and joined. F*** that.’
A spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter: ‘It is our policy to welcome everyone to our show tapings. 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.’
The Charlie’s Angels actress — who has hosted the programme since 2020— released a statement on the weekend about her decision to bring back her self-titled show.
Drew (L) stood by her decision to return to filming (Picture: Getty)
She penned on Instagram: ‘I made a choice to walk away from the MTV Film and Television Awards because I was the host and it had a direct conflict with what the strike was dealing with, which was studios, streamers, film, and television.’
She continued: ‘It was also in the first week of the strike and so I did what I thought was the appropriate thing at the time to stand in solidarity with the writers.
‘I own this choice. We are in compliance with not discussing or promoting film and television that is struck of any kind.’
Metro.co.uk has reached out to Drew Barrymore’s reps for comment.