After coming under fire for comments she made on the Friday, April 29 broadcast of her daytime talk show, “The Drew Barrymore Show,” in reference to Johnny Depp’s $50 million defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard, host Drew Barrymore issued a public apology on her Instagram account, stating, “I can be a more thoughtful and better person moving forward because all I want to do is be a good person, and I very much appreciate the depth of this, and I will grow and change from it.” The episode featured an exchange between Barrymore and guest Anthony Anderson (“black-ish,” “Law & Order”) and was shared across the show’s social handles. It has since been deleted by the show following Barrymore’s apology.
In the episode, Barrymore commented about the Depp vs. Heard trial, which began on Monday, April 11, while sitting on the floor, looking up at Anderson. She said to him of the trial thus far, “It’s like one layer of crazy. It’s a seven-layer dip of insanity.” Anderson added, “It’s truly amazing just to sit back and read the transcript of what they’ve done to each other.” An excited Barrymore responded to Anderson’s comments by displaying herself as a person licking the pages of a book that you just can’t put down. “He lost a fingertip. He drew his name in blood on the wall,” noted Anderson. “How about the burnt body, and why a Honda Civic?” questioned Barrymore. “You know the next day at Honda they all came into the office and were like, ‘Why did he pick us? Like, why?’” She added, “I know that these are two people’s real lives and I know what it’s like to have your life put out in public. I understand all the feelings, but they are actually offering up this information that nobody had to know. This is crazy!”
Apologizing on Instagram on Sunday, Barrymore said, “It has come to my attention that I have offended people with making light of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, and for that, I just want to deeply apologize and appreciate everyone who spoke out because this can be a teachable moment for me and how I move forward and how I conduct myself.” She further stated, “I can be a more thoughtful and better person moving forward because all I want to do is be a good person, and I very much appreciate the depth of this, and I will grow and change from it, and I thank everyone for helping me grow along the way and teaching me. Thank you.”
Fans weren’t having it with Barrymore’s apology, some going so far as to say Barrymore ended up making the apology about herself.
Check out the Barrymore/Anderson exchange below, followed by Barrymore’s apology video.