The Drew Barrymore Show is under fire for marrying a couple on-air that allegedly met when the bride was a 17-year-old student and the groom was her high school science teacher.
Barrymore’s fledgling daytime talk show had good intentions when they surprised a couple who was forced to cancel their September nuptials due to the global pandemic, with a “fairy tale” wedding on the show.
The couple certainly seemed like ideal candidates to receive such a gift. The bride Selina is a pediatric nurse who voluntarily moved from Connecticut to New York City in April to care for coronavirus patients on the frontline during the city’s initial outbreak, and groom Dan is high school physics teacher.
Barrymore and sponsor Walmart+ worked with Dan and the couple’s family in secret to surprise Selina with a beach themed wedding that was performed on the show’s stage while the family watched on Zoom. When the show posted the videos to their YouTube channel, viewer backlash caused an unexpected controversy.
In an introductory segment, Dan says he knew Selina “was special right from day one,” and she recalled that they “met in school several years ago in school through mutual friends,” and have been together for seven years.
According to commenters, Dan knew Selina “was special” when she was a teenager, because the school they “met in” was actually the high school 29-year-old Dan taught at while Selina was his 17-year-old physics student.
One viewer wrote, “they got together when they were teacher & student in high school, gotta love Shelton High.” Another posted, “graduated high school with Selina!!!! Also had Dan as a teacher!”
Clearly producers of the daytime show should work on their vetting process. Take a look at the videos below: