Rosie O’Donnell offers ‘advice’ to Drew Barrymore: ‘Stop taping show’ amid strike, beg for forgiveness

Former talk show host Rosie O’Donnell has some friendly “advice” for Drew Barrymore: “Stop taping” and admit she lives “a life of luxury.”

O’Donnell took to Instagram to offer her words of wisdom in the wake of Barrymore’s announcement that she would be airing fresh episodes of her chat show despite the ongoing Writer’s Guild strike.

“Stop taping the show,” O’Donnell demanded. “Stop asking audiences to cross the picket line. Then ask someone to help you craft three declarative sentences. They should follow along these lines: I made an error. I apologize to the WGA for disrespecting the work of professional writers. I apologize to all union members who are withstanding real hardship as I live a life of luxury.'”

(Instagram, @Rosie)

As BizPac Review reported, Barrymore, who comes from Hollywood royalty, announced one hundred and thirty days into the strike that her show would return on September 18th for its fourth season, despite having backed out of hosting an MTV award show in solidarity with the picketers.

The actress has not only been a Hollywood star in her own right from the age of seven, when she starred in Steven Spielberg’s 1982 blockbuster, E.T., her grandfather is John Barrymore and Lionel and Ethel Barrymore are her great uncle and aunt.

Drew knows Tinsel Town, and she knows how many people are employed by any given production.

In her initial announcement, Barrymore stated that she “owns” her choice and wants her show to cover what is happening in “the real world.”

“We launched live in a global pandemic. Our show was built for sensitive times and has only functioned through what the real world is going through in real-time,” she said. “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.”

“I hope for a resolve for everyone as soon as possible,” she stated. “We have navigated difficult times since we first came on air. And so I take a step forward to start season 4 once again with an astute humility.”

On Saturday, Barrymore appeared to take at least a portion of O’Donnell’s advice.

She did issue an apology to the writers, but she remained firm in her resolve to resume production.

“I deeply apologize to writers,” she said. “I deeply apologize to unions. I deeply apologize.”

“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,” she explained. “I know there’s just nothing I can do that will make this okay for those it is not okay with.”

“This is bigger than me, and there are other people’s jobs on the line,” she stated. “I want to just put one foot in front of the other and make a show that’s there for people, regardless of anything else that’s happening in the world.”

(Video: YouTube)



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