Drew Carey has paid for striking writers’ meals for almost five months

As one Drew has become a public face for scabbing, another has quietly been supporting striking colleagues. Shortly after the writers went on strike in May, Drew Carey announced he would pay the tab on breakfasts and lunches (including tips!) at two LA restaurants for card-carrying WGA members. 140+ days later and Drew has kept up the generosity. Writer Ben Eltham noted on X (the artist formerly known as Twitter) that Carey’s check is now somewhere between $400,000 to $600,000. Mensch, thy name is Drew Carey.

While a tentative agreement was reached yesterday between WGA and AMPTP, the guild confirmed to members that nothing is finalized and therefore no one is to return to work — yet. So writers still have some time to enjoy free meals at Swingers Diner in LA proper or Bob’s Big Boy in Burbank. I am not a WGA member, nor am I in California. But if I were I would be ordering the All American for breakfast at Swingers (eggs over easy, sausage, one slice brioche french toast) and then pick up Pappy Parker’s™ Fried Chicken at Bob’s Big Boy for lunch. Bob’s is apparently located down the street from the Warner Bros. lot, making it convenient for pickets. Looking at a map on Google I didn’t find any studio near the diner. So I can only assume that Carey liked the pairing of Swingers and Big Boy (I don’t have a dirty mind, you do).

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  1. JayBlue says:

    A quick look through the archive shows that he did this last time too! How incredibly kind!

  2. AMTC says:

    All I can say is that my surname is Carey and kudos to you Drew. You’ve done the clan proud.

  3. BeesRule says:

    How generous. I’ve seen him many times at Swingers over the years, what a guy.

  4. Mrs knight says:

    Swingers is actually next to CBS Television City where Drew used to film, The Price is Right. And the article doesn’t mention that he actually paid for all meals – even dinner. He saved some people’s lives at a time when some writers were going to a food bank. The best version of a millionaire. He deserves all the praise.

    • Josephine says:

      I assume he’s made good money but I also assume that there are many stars with far more money who have done nothing at all to support the writers who make them stars. Kudos to Drew Carey, and it seems like he’s not the one who is making this known.

  5. teehee says:

    I’ve always loved him. I miss his show lol

    • Kate says:

      Big Boy is in Burbank and close to ABC Disney and Warner Brothers. It’s a 5 minute drive to all 3 and a lot of writers lunch there.

  6. Peanut Butter says:

    What a good and generous man. I love this story.

    • Christine says:

      Me too! We need more people like Drew Carey in the world. I love stories like this, that shine a spotlight on really kind acts.

      I haven’t really thought about Drew Carey in years. I am going to pay more attention, this is lovely.

  7. Claudia says:

    This is so generous. I loved the version of pinnochio he was in when I was little.

  8. Tootsie McJingle says:

    My family and I have always been huge fans of the Drew Carey Show and Whose Line Is It Anyway. This is so wonderful to see. Our admiration has not been misplaced!

  9. Shirley says:

    I think that is so great that he has been doing this. Such a wonderful way to support the people that are on strike!

  10. Jc says:

    I love Swingers. It was my go to spot for late night eats after a concert for a long time. I did go there with several bands, Blur for sure. Burst of Blue milkshake and sfuffed grilled cheese always.

    • Vernie says:

      Wait, you dined with Blur?! And you just casually drop that morsel like I mention going to the grocery store? Ahhh that’s amazing and I hope you give us more details.

  11. Twin Falls says:

    This is the way. Good on you Mr Carey!

  12. K says:

    He is so awesome. A truly decent guy.

  13. Naye in va says:

    I’m not crying

  14. Frank L says:

    Bravo Zulu Drew.

  15. Katie says:

    I remember him years ago on Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell me. Celebrities play a little quiz game and the prize for winning is someone from Wait, Wait records a listener’s voicemail. When he lost, he said he would call the listener instead. And it was just like, why don’t all the celebrities do this.

    • ama1977 says:

      I always think that when I listen to WWDTM!

      So much admiration for Drew Carey. Making sure people can eat is basically the most caring/supportive gesture one can make at a time like this. And the fact that he’s *also* making sure that the service workers get taken care of too, by covering the tip, is just beautiful. Thank you for being a good human, Mr. Carey.

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  17. teehee says:

    As positive as this story is, it really makes you realize–

    How EASY it is to be good. All these billionaires out there– not sharing anything in the way that Drew has.

    Why not!?