Drew Barrymore's return to 'The Drew Barrymore Show' sparks controversy amid ongoing Hollywood labor strikes.

The show resumes production without union writers, joining other daytime shows like 'The View,' 'Tamron Hall,' and 'Live With Kelly and Ryan.'

These shows operate under separate contracts, allowing them to continue without discussing work covered by actors and writers' contracts.

Barrymore's decision faces backlash on social media, with viewers criticizing her for not supporting the strike.

Actor and activist Alyssa Milano, a friend of Barrymore's, expresses disappointment in her return.

Labor and employment relations professor Michael H. LeRoy warns that shows bypassing union writers may face long-term consequences, citing past strikes like the MLB umpire strike in 1999.

The strike has led to a shift in daytime talk show content, with authors, musicians, and comedians filling in for A-list guests.

Hosts like Barrymore are in a difficult position, as they are contractually obligated to return but risk angering colleagues.

Bill Maher also announces his return to late-night talk, citing concerns for his staff, but critics argue that they could stand with fellow workers and refuse to work until a fair offer is made.