On Sunday, Drew Barrymore said she would step down as host of the MTV Movie & TV Awards in solidarity with the Hollywood writers’ strike, which has caused thousands of television and film writers to form picket lines and caused late-night comedy shows to go off the air. According to Variety, Ms. Barrymore’s decision made public on Thursday, was the most recent setback for the awards presentation, which has already canceled its red carpet and may see other celebrities leave.
In a statement to the outlet, Ms. Barrymore said, “I have listened to the writers, and to truly respect them, I will pivot from hosting the MTV Movie & TV Awards live in solidarity with the strike.” “Everything we love and cherish about movies and television came from the making of them,”
Ms. Barrymore announced on Instagram that she would host the show again the following year and still watch it on Sunday. It was impossible to immediately reach MTV or Ms. Barrymore’s representatives on Friday morning. According to Bruce Gillmer, president of Paramount Global and executive producer of the MTV Movie & TV Awards, the show won’t be hosted.
It’s unknown if famous presenters and attendees, like Jennifer Coolidge, who is being honored, are still committed to going. The Covid-19 outbreak forced the MTV Movie & TV Awards to postpone and cancel their event in 2020, although they had dealt with dramatic changes before.
Later that year, a special with Vanessa Hudgens as the host aired. After 15 years of peaceful labor relations in Hollywood, thousands of screenwriters went on strike on Tuesday. Some of the most noticeable effects might be witnessed on talk shows and sketch shows. The release of fresh episodes of Jimmy Kimmel’s and Stephen Colbert’s late-night talk shows has been halted.
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According to Deadline, the hosts of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Late Night With Seth Meyers” have agreed to extend staff compensation temporarily; therefore, replays of those programs have been broadcast. This weekend’s fresh episode of “Saturday Night Live” has been canceled, and NBC has announced that it will “air repeats until further notice.”
Despite increased television output over the previous ten years, writers claim their pay has remained unchanged. “The companies’ behavior has created a gig economy inside a union workforce, and their immovable stance in this negotiation has betrayed a commitment to devalue the profession of writing further,” the unions that represent the writers, the East and West branches of the Writers Guild of America, claimed.
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Leaders of the W.G.A. claimed that the future of writing as a profession was at stake throughout the negotiations. Before the strikes started this week, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, which negotiates for Hollywood studios, claimed that its offer included “generous increases in compensation for writers.”
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