Drew Barrymore Drops Out of Hosting the MTV Awards In Solidarity With Writer’s Strike


As the MTV Movie & TV Awards draw closer (May 7, to be exact), host Drew Barrymore has stepped down in support of the Writers Guild of America.

Barrymore, who has been in the entertainment business nearly her entire life, made the decision out of support for the WGA’s strike that began on May 2 and has already cost the industry billions of dollars. “I have listened to the writers, and in order to truly respect them, I will pivot from hosting the MTV Movie & TV Awards live in solidarity with the strike,” she said in a statement on May 4.

“Everything we celebrate and honor about movies and television is born out of their creation. And until a solution is reached, I am choosing to wait but I’ll be watching from home and hope you will join me,” she followed. According to CNN, Barrymore will return to host the 2024 awards, and there are no hard feelings between her and MTV.

“Drew, without question, she’s been incredible. It’s hard to imagine that we’ve ever had a better experience with a host,” said Bruce Gillmer, an executive producer for the MTV Movie & TV Awards. The show will continue to air on its scheduled date, but it will now run without a host or red carpet.