Drew Barrymore dropped from National Book Awards amid strike backlash
The 48-year-old actor has been embroiled in heavy controversy after resuming production on The Drew Barrymore Show despite the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.
On Wednesday, the backlash escalated further as the National Book Foundation confirmed that Barrymore had been ousted as host of the annual National Book Awards.
"In light of the announcement that The Drew Barrymore Show will resume production, the National Book Foundation has rescinded Ms. Barrymore's invitation to host the 74th National Book Awards Ceremony," the organization said in a statement.
"Our commitment is to ensure that the focus of the Awards remains on celebrating writers and books, and we are grateful to Ms. Barrymore and her team for understanding in this situation."
The Drew Barrymore Show resumed production in New York on Monday as picketers surrounded the studio.
Drew Barrymore faces backlash for crossing WGA picket line
Per Deadline, two audience members were kicked out for wearing pins supporting the WGA, even after offering to remove them.
The show blamed the day's "heightened security concerns" for the removal and said the pair would be offered "new tickets."
Prior to her production decision, Barrymore had voluntarily pulled out of hosting the 2023 MTV Movie and TV Awards in support of the WGA strike.
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