The Real Reason Drew Barrymore Pulled Out of the MTV Awards

Drew Barrymore has pulled out of hosting the 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards. The beloved actress, infamous close talker and perpetual meme was sure to delight fans at the event, which is set to take place on Sunday, May 6, but she has decided to forego her duties in solidarity with the WGA writers' strike.

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“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,” Barrymore in a statement. “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. I thank MTV, who has truly been some of the best partners I have ever worked with. And I can’t wait to be a part of this next year, when I can truly celebrate everything that MTV has created, which is a show that allows fans to choose who the awards go to and is truly inclusive.​”

The show will air without a host—or a pre-show red carpet—at 8 p.m. ET. It's possible we'll still get to see Barrymore in any pre-taped segments or shorts. But as for an evening in which she warmly embraces every big winner of the night and congratulates them eyeball-to-eyeball? It ain't gonna happen.

Barrymore will be back to host the 2024 MTV Movie & TV Awards.

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