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Three of Drew Barrymore's writers won't be joining her when her show returns
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1. Drew Barrymore's head writers decline to return after strike backlash

All she had to do was wait another two weeks. But Drew Barrymore's writers strike backlash is continuing even now that the strike is over, as three writers have declined to return to her show, a source confirmed to The Week. "The Drew Barrymore Show" extended offers to WGA writers Chelsea White, Cristina Kinon and Liz Koe to return after the Hollywood writers strike recently ended, but they all declined, the source said, adding that new writers are currently being interviewed, and the show will be in compliance with the guild. The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter. White, Kinon and Koe served as co-head writers for Barrymore, who initially planned to bring her talk show back without them while the writers strike was ongoing. After facing backlash, Barrymore reversed that decision and apologized to her "incredible team who works on the show and has made it what it is today." Following the strike's end, Barrymore will now return on Oct. 16. The Hollywood Reporter

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Brendan Morrow

Brendan worked as a culture writer at The Week from 2018 to 2023, covering the entertainment industry, including film reviews, television recaps, awards season, the box office, major movie franchises and Hollywood gossip. He has written about film and television for outlets including Bloody Disgusting, Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Heavy and The Celebrity Cafe.