'Drew Barrymore' Turns to Guest Hosts While Barrymore Has COVID

Drew Barrymore on 'The Drew Barrymore Show'
Drew Barrymore hosts eponymous talk show produced and distributed by CBS Media Ventures. (Image credit: CBS Media Ventures)

Drew Barrymore has come down with COVID so the CBS Media Ventures talker will be guest-hosted Monday and Tuesday by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and co-host Ross Mathews, Barrymore announced Thursday on her Instagram.

Jackson will host on Monday with comedian Ziwe Fumudoh and Saturday Night Live's Melissa Villaseñor in the first half-hour. Villaseñor will then join Jackson and Mathews on the news desk in the second half-hour.

Mathews hosts on Tuesday with Lohan sisters Lindsay and Ali guesting on Tuesday, when they will talk about their new Christmas movie Falling for Christmas and help Mathews decorate a gingerbread house for the holidays. Designer Mikel Welch will also share tips for setting a Thanksgiving table while taking a turn on the news desk with Mathews.

Barrymore is expected to be back by Wednesday when "Barefoot Contessa" Ina Garten joins the program. Later in the week, Barrymore welcomes actress Zosia Mamet, actress Anya Taylor-Joy and sports announcer Joe Buck. And on Friday, Gayle King will appear to present Oprah's Favorite Things ahead of this year's holiday season, while long-time Grey's Anatomy actor Jesse Williams, who was just cast in Hulu's Only Murders in the Building, also pays the show a visit.

Drew Barrymore has moved to half-hour episodes this season, with stations mostly double-running the episodes either back-to-back or in different dayparts around the country. As a result of the new cumed rating, Drew Barrymore's household rating has improved to a 0.8 so far this season, up from an average last season of a 0.5 in households for hour-long episodes. ■

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