Jennifer Hudson and The Talk push back returns after Drew Barrymore paused her show amid ongoing writers strike
- Both shows announced their postponements Sunday amid WGA strike
- The CBS series features a panel of Jerry O'Connell, Sheryl Underwood, Natalie Morales, Akbar Gbajabiamila and Amanda Kloots
- A network series, it is not under contract to produce content for local affiliates
- Hudson was slated to return for her second season
Two prominent daytime talk shows - The Jennifer Hudson Show and The Talk - delayed their returns Sunday, after Drew Barrymore walked back her decision to resume with her show until the writers strike is settled.
'The Talk is pausing its season premiere scheduled for September 18,' a CBS spokesperson told Variety in a statement Sunday. 'We will continue to evaluate plans for a new launch date.'
The CBS series, which first hit the air in 2010, features a panel of Jerry O'Connell, Sheryl Underwood, Natalie Morales, Akbar Gbajabiamila and Amanda Kloots.
It is not nationally syndicated and in turn, not under contract to produce new content for local affiliates, an issue which impacts the shows hosted by Hudson, Barrymore, Sherri Shepherd and Kelly Clarkson, Variety reported.
The Talk - which has a writer on staff - last produced new episodes before the writers strike commenced May 2. Picketers were outside of a rehearsal show outside of the Studio City, California facility where it is filmed last week, according to the outlet.
The latest: The Talk - starring (L-R) Akbar Gbajabiamila, Amanda Kloots, Sheryl Underwood, Natalie Morales, and Jerry O'Connell - has pushed back production amid the WGA strike, CBS said Sunday. The cast was pictured in NYC earlier this year
The Jennifer Hudson Show, which was slated to debut its second season Monday, said that it has put a pause on production amid the ongoing labor dispute
The Jennifer Hudson Show, which was slated to debut its second season Monday, said that it has put a pause on production amid the ongoing labor dispute, sources told Variety.
Talk shows work under SAG-AFTRA's Network Code, which allows hosts to preside over shows without breaching rules amid the ongoing actors strike.
Barrymore - who drew criticism for taping new episodes of her daytime talk show despite the ongoing strikes - said Sunday that she'll wait until the labor issues are resolved before returning to the air.
'I have listened to everyone, and I am making the decision to pause the show´s premiere until the strike is over,' Barrymore posted on Instagram on Sunday. 'I have no words to express my deepest apologies to anyone I have hurt and, of course, to our incredible team who works on the show and has made it what it is today.'
Barrymore's initial decision to return to the air Monday - without her three union writers and with picketers outside her studio - was met with pushback on social media.
Her show resumed taping in New York last week and was picketed by striking writers.
'We support Drew's decision to pause the show´s return and understand how complex and difficult this process has been for her,' a CBS Media Ventures spokesperson said in a statement.
Insiders told Variety that 'the pressure was just too much for her to ignore' for Barrymore amid the backlash to her initial decision to return to work.
Hudson was seen chatting with singer Bebe Rexha on her talk show earlier this year
The Talk - which has a writer on staff - last aired new episodes in May, before the writers strike commenced
O'Connell walked the picket line in support of the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes earlier this month outside of Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California
Barrymore - who drew criticism for taping new episodes of her daytime talk show despite the ongoing strikes - said Sunday that she'll wait until the labor issues are resolved before returning to the air
Some other daytime shows have resumed: The View has returned for its 27th season on ABC, while Tamron Hall and Live With Kelly and Ryan - neither are governed by writers guild rules - have also been producing fresh episodes.
As long as the hosts and guests don't discuss or promote work covered by television, theatrical or streaming contracts, they´re not technically breaking the strike.
That's because talk shows are covered under a separate contract - the so-called Network Code - from the one actors and writers are striking. The Network Code also covers reality TV, sports, morning news shows, soap operas and game shows.
Barrymore's stance prompted the National Book Awards to uninvite her as host in November. The organization rescinded her invitation 'in light of the announcement that The Drew Barrymore Show will resume production.'
The ongoing strike pits Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which represents Disney, Netflix, Amazon and others.