NBC won’t air next year’s Golden Globes amid diversity controversy
NBC won’t be airing next year’s Golden Globes, saying Monday the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) “needs time” to undergo “meaningful” changes addressing diversity issues.
“We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform,” NBCUniversal said in a statement provided to ITK.
“However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right,” the statement read. “As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes.”
The network left the door open to airing the annual awards show the following year, saying, “Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.”
Last week, the board of the HFPA, which organizes the entertainment industry awards, unveiled several recommendations for “transformational change,” following widespread criticism for its lack of diversity.
Some of the reforms, the group said, included reaffirming its “commitment to bringing Black and racially diverse members into our organization and bringing aboard a new chief diversity officer to develop a long-term plan.”
The proposed changes came after the HFPA faced intense backlash for having no Black members.
Shortly after NBC confirmed it was canceling next year’s Globes broadcast, Deadline reported that Tom Cruise would be returning his three awards from the HFPA.
The “Mission Impossible” star — who had earned two best actor prizes for his roles in “Jerry Maguire” and “Born on the Fourth of July,” along with a supporting actor trophy for “Magnolia” — delivered the trio of awards back to the HFPA, according to the entertainment news site.
NBC’s statement also came after actress Scarlett Johansson told Variety over the weekend that she “refused to participate” in HFPA conferences because in the past she faced “sexist questions and remarks by certain HFPA members that bordered on sexual harassment.”
NBC has been the broadcast home for the Globes for more than two decades. The 78th annual awards ceremony — which was hosted on separate coasts by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey due to the coronavirus pandemic — aired in February.
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