In addition to the picketing and social media backlash the actress received, Drew’s invitation to host the National Book Awards‘ upcoming annual award ceremony was rescinded.
Ultimately, amid the scrutiny, the 50 First Dates alum shared a statement announcing she’d reversed her decision.
“I have listened to everyone and I am making the decision to pause the show’s premiere until the strike is over,” Drew wrote in a statement posted to her social media Sept. 17. “I have no words to express my deepest apologies to anyone I have hurt and, of course, to our incredible team who works on the show and has made it what it is today. We really tried to find out way forward. And I truly hope for a resolution for the entire industry very soon.”
As for the WGA’s response to her change of heart? In addition to posting the statement to their Instagram Story, the Writers Guild of America, East, commented under her post, “Thank you Drew.”