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Drew Barrymore got dropped as the National Book Awards host after accusations she's crossing the WGA picket line

Drew Barrymore on the Tonight Show, beside a sign from WGA-EAST and SAG-AFTRA members picketing "The Drew Barrymore Show" on Sept. 12.
Drew Barrymore on the Tonight Show, beside a sign from WGA-EAST and SAG-AFTRA members picketing "The Drew Barrymore Show" on Sept. 12.Rosalind O'Connor/NBC, Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images Contributor
  • Drew Barrymore has been dropped as host of the National Book Awards amid accusations of being a scab.

  • The NBA announced its decision after "The Drew Barrymore Show" announced its season four return.

  • The Writers Guild of America has criticized Barrymore, saying she is crossing its picket line.

Drew Barrymore was dropped as the host of the National Book Awards, which take place in November, after her controversial decision to continue "The Drew Barrymore Show" while the Writers Guild of America strike continues.

The WGA has been on strike since May 2 in search of better pay and job protections from AI advancements.

In a statement posted to X, formerly known as Twitter, the National Book Foundation said the decision was made in support of writers.

"The National Book Awards is an evening dedicated to celebrating the power of literature, and the incomparable contributions of writers to our culture," the statement says. "In light of the announcement that 'The Drew Barrymore Show' will resume production, the National Book Foundation has rescinded Ms.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 National Book Awards Ceremony."

The WGA-East picketed "The Drew Barrymore Show" in New York City on September 11 and 12.

"The @DrewBarrymoreTV Show is a WGA covered, struck show that is planning to return without its writers," the WGA-East said on X. "Any writing on 'The Drew Barrymore Show' is in violation of WGA strike rules."

Writers joined the picket line with innovative signs, many of which referenced Barrymore's past roles, like Casey Becker in "Scream."

Representation for the NBF and Barrymore did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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