Rosie O’Donnell Slams Drew Barrymore for Taking Over Talk Show Amid Strike: ‘Stop Taping the Show’

Rosie O’Donnell slammed Drew Barrymore after he announced her talk show would return while the Writers Guild of America remains on strike.

In an Instagram post Saturday, the “A League of Their Own” star shared “advice” the “Charlie’s Angel” actress should follow regarding the return of “The Drew Barrymore Show.”

“Stop recording the show. Stop asking the public to cross the picket line,” O’Donnell, 61, wrote. “Next, ask someone to help you write three declarative sentences.

“They should walk this line: I made a mistake. I apologize to the WGA for disrespecting the work of professional writers. I apologize to all union members who are going through real hardship while I live a life of luxury.

“Stop recording the show. Stop asking the public to cross the picket line,” the former “View” host wrote.

Several stars rallied behind O’Donnell on the issue, including “Charmed” alum Alyssa Milano, who wrote, “Not complicated at all.”

“American Horror Story” actor Cheyenne Jackson added: “Yes,” while “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” star Karan Ashley added: “So disappointing of him. People are literally in trouble.

Comedian Alec Mapa commented: “It’s easy. Don’t continue to hit me in the face after you apologize for hitting me in the face.

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O’Donnell’s message was supported by stars Alyssa Milano and Cheyenne Jackson.

Last week, Barrymore, 48, announced that her eponymous talk show would film its fourth season under WGA and SAG-AFTRA strike rules.

“This choice is mine,” she wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post. “We promise not to discuss or promote films and television shows of any kind. We launched live in a global pandemic. Our show was built for sensitive moments and only worked through what the real world experiences in real time.

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Barrymore announced last week that her eponymous talk show would resume filming for its fourth season.
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Members of the WGA-EAST and SAG-AFTRA picket line
WGA-EAST and SAG-AFTRA members protested at the “Drew Barrymore Show.”
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After receiving backlash, the “Scream” actress shared an emotional video message, saying there was “nothing I can do that will make things right,” however, she said she maintained his decision to resume the series.

“I definitely couldn’t have expected this kind of attention,” she said. “We are not going to break the rules and we will respect them. I wanted to do it because, like I said, it’s bigger than me and there are jobs for other people on the line.”

Due to Barrymore’s position, she was excluded from hosting the upcoming National Book Awards ceremony.

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The “Charlie’s Angel” star has been dropped from hosting the upcoming National Book Awards.

“The National Book Awards are an evening dedicated to celebrating the power of literature and the incomparable contributions of writers to our culture,” the National Book Foundation said in a statement Tuesday.

“In light of the announcement that production of ‘The Drew Barrymore Show’ will resume, the National Book Foundation has rescinded Ms. Barrymore’s invitation to host the 74th National Book Awards.”

The fourth season of “The Drew Barrymore Show” is scheduled to begin airing on September 18.

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