OK, quick recap of the whole Drew Barrymore business.
After it was revealed that Drew's show The Drew Barrymore Show was resuming taping for its fourth season this fall, Drew took to Instagram to claim that her show wasn't violating WGA or SAG-AFTRA strike rules by returning.
In the statement, Drew explained that her decision to walk away from hosting the MTV Film and TV Awards this past spring was because of a "direct conflict with what the strike was dealing with," but that she was "also making the choice to come back for the first time in this strike for our show that may have my name on it — but this is bigger than just me."
“I want to be there to provide what writers do so well, which is a way to bring us together or help us make sense of the human experience,” she wrote, after claiming that the show would be "in compliance with not discussing or promoting film and television that is struck of any kind."
None of this went over well with anyone who supports the strikes — and things got worse when two audience members were ejected from a taping of The Drew Barrymore Show for wearing WGA pins.
When it comes to Drew's standing in the public eye, the ripple effects of all of this have not been good. Earlier this week, she was dropped as the host of this year's National Book Awards.
Yesterday, Drew posted an emotional apology to writers for resuming her show, while simultaneously doubling down on her decision to bring it back.
"I believe that there is nothing I can say or do in this moment to make it okay," 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."
We'd show you the video, but she's since deleted it, less than 24 hours after posting it. She also deleted her original statement, too.
Naturally, the internet had some reactions to this latest turn of events:
i was gonna tweet "never mastered irony, but drew barrymore's apology video feels like it counts right?" yesterday. and now i see this. https://t.co/5mABf50rIm
— *audience gasps* 🍂 (@cinemapplepie) September 16, 2023
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Tomorrow: Drew Barrymore apologizes for her apology video pic.twitter.com/4ALb1UGZTr
— FPL Marcin (@FPLMarcin) September 15, 2023
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She should just post a video of her singing “Imagine” tomorrow. All will be forgiven. 😭
— Roberto Barrera ⭕️ (@EmilioAmigo92) September 16, 2023
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Oh…Drew Barrymore! So what does this mean? 😵💫 pic.twitter.com/aSZ5I5idph
— 𝘴᭙ꫀꫀ𝓽 ᥴꪖ𝘳ꪑꫀꪶ (@SweetCarmel77) September 16, 2023
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the downfall of mother is brutal to watch i feel sick https://t.co/y25sLVhdPF
— ً (@jmargsarita) September 16, 2023
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— Brady (Icarus) (@nolucktwoth) September 16, 2023
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i don’t know who keeps telling celebrities their apology videos will work but it’s hilarious https://t.co/VW0IPMeCzM
— slate (@PleaseBeGneiss) September 16, 2023
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I’m gonna start a PR company bc it seems nobody has competent PR anymore https://t.co/LdspHLhzWi
— Banana (@8bit_bb) September 16, 2023
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Ashton Kutcher and Mina Kulis are so grateful for Drew Barrymore right now https://t.co/HlyLuTiUhZ
— hayley elizabeth (@_haylsss_) September 16, 2023
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— ᴛʜᴇ ʀᴏʟᴀɴᴅᴏʟᴏʀɪᴀɴ (@DRT_MXH) September 15, 2023
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