Drew Barrymore sparked controversy on social media this week after an interview surfaced of her with Oprah Winfrey. During an episode of “The Drew Barrymore Show,” the 48-year-old host sat down with Winfrey to discuss the importance of a live studio audience. However, it was Barrymore’s actions during the interview that captured the attention of viewers.
In the clips that went viral on platforms like X and Instagram, Barrymore can be seen holding onto Winfrey’s hand and stroking her arm throughout their conversation. Many viewers found the interaction to be awkward and uncomfortable, with some calling it “cringe” and “difficult to watch.” Some even criticized the actress for being too touchy-feely and needy.
What is Drew Barrymore’s deal?? And why is she sitting here stroking Oprah on her talk show!?
— Lori Love (@thereallorilove) December 12, 2023
One person commented, “You need to dial the touchy-feely neediness back like 10-fold.” While another added, “Drew is holding on too much. Oprah is trying to release her hand from Drew’s grip. Drew is just too creepy and needy.”
In an interview with TMZ, Winfrey addressed the viral clips and revealed that she was not uncomfortable with the hand-holding and caressing. In fact, she stated that she was “actually comforted by the stroking of the arm.” Winfrey even joked about the incident, saying she told her partner, Stedman Graham, to start stroking her arm like that. The media mogul also mentioned that she had never seen Barrymore do this before but found it to be an “endearing” action.
This is not the first time Barrymore has faced criticism for her interviewing style. Earlier this year, she faced backlash for getting down on her knees and kneeling with a trans-identifying male influencer, which many viewers found to be inappropriate and offensive.
Despite the criticism, Barrymore has continued to host her talk show and has gained a following for her down-to-earth and relatable personality. It remains to be seen if the recent controversy will affect her show’s viewership or her reputation in the entertainment industry.
As for Winfrey, she has proven once again that she is a class act, handling the situation with grace and humor. The iconic TV host has always been known for her warm and compassionate demeanor, and her reaction to Barrymore’s actions only reinforces her reputation.
— E! News (@enews) December 14, 2023