The actor and television host attracted online and offline criticism for her decision to return her talk show to the air without consulting the striking writers.
Drew Barrymore has been dropped as the host of the Public Book Grants, the establishment that presents the awards said Tuesday, after the entertainer got a blast of analysis for choosing to bring back her daytime syndicated program in spite of the strike by TV essayists.
The decision was made with the intention of “ensuring that the focus of the awards remains on celebrating writers and books,” according to a statement released by the National Book Foundation, which administers the awards each year.
“The Public Book Grants is a night committed to commending the force of writing, and the exceptional commitments of authors to our way of life,” the assertion said. ” Considering the declaration that ‘The Drew Barrymore Show’ will continue creation, the Public Book Establishment has revoked Ms. Barrymore’s encouragement to have the 74th Public Book Grants Function.”
While “The Drew Barrymore Show” was resuming filming for the first time since April without the show’s three unionized writers, unionized writers from the Writers Guild of America and striking actors picketed outside the CBS studios in New York City on Monday.
The organization said that the show would be returning on Sept. 18 without composed material that is “covered by the W.G.A. strike,” a comparable way to deal with that taken by “The View,” which started circulating episodes from its new season this month, evading association essayists.
After Barrymore made the decision to go back on air, she received a flurry of critical backlash online. In May, Barrymore had stepped down as host of the MTV Movie and TV Awards in support of the striking Hollywood writers. “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 in an Instagram post in support of the show’s return.
Barrymore’s faultfinders included some high-profile scholars, and Colson Whitehead, a writer who won the Public Book Grant in 2016, signaled to the potential issue the establishment looked in having the entertainer as host after her choice.
Delegates for Barrymore and her show didn’t promptly answer demands for input.
The establishment’s assertion finished up: ” We appreciate Ms. Barrymore and her staff’s understanding in this circumstance.
One of the most prestigious literary awards in the United States, the National Book Awards frequently feature well-known cultural figures and celebrities as hosts in an effort to raise the event’s profile and draw attention to its broad cultural impact. Ongoing hosts incorporate the creator and television have Padma Lakshmi, the creator and jokester Phoebe Robinson, and entertainers like LeVar Burton, Scratch Offerman and Cynthia Nixon.
The National Book Foundation praised Barrymore’s dedication to “the enduring belief that books have the power to change readers’ lives” when they announced this summer that she would host the awards. In her 2015 journal, “Wildflower,” Barrymore acknowledged books for reestablishing her identity after her turbulent youth and transitioning at the center of attention, and portrayed how she tore through functions by Jane Austen, Tolstoy and Joan Didion.
The current year’s service is planned to occur at Cipriani Money Road in Manhattan on Nov. 15, which makes a tight course of events that is probably going to leave the establishment scrambling to find another high-profile have.