NBC will not air the next Golden Globes over diversity

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11 May 2021, 8:34 am

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The Golden Globes will not be airing on NBC next year, temporarily ending a decades-long relationship between the network and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the nonprofit responsible for the awards.

The network announced that it would not carry the show in 2022 after controversy surrounding the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's lack of diversity and ethical questions related to financial benefits given to some members, such as a hotel stay in connection with an "Emily in Paris" junket.
Those revelations, first reported by the Los Angeles Times, have prompted several major outlets, including Netflix (NFLX) and WarnerMedia, CNN's parent company, to announce that they would not participate in any Globes-related events until the issues had been adequately addressed.

"We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform. However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right. As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes,"

The network added that assuming the organization "executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023."

The Times reporting found that the group has no Black members, and raised questions about benefits received by some members stemming from the millions that NBC pays for the right to televise the event, which has traditionally been one of the highest rated in the awards calendar.

This year, however, ratings have plummeted for award shows across the board, including the Globes, due to a confluence of factors, foremost among them the coronavirus pandemic.

he HFPA sought to quell the criticism by promising to bring in Black journalists, increasing its ranks from 87 members to 100. But that solution — and subsequent reporting based on internal conversations — only exacerbated the problem. Former HFPA president Philip Berk was ousted from the organization after forwarding an email that described Black Lives Matter as a "hate group“

The Globes have been plagued by controversy off and on for decades, with questions about the credentials of the journalists behind it and their efforts to prevent others from joining the group.
In one of the most famous scandals, the group honored Pia Zadora for the 1981 movie "Butterfly" — which was panned by most critics — after her wealthy husband, Israeli billionaire Meshulem Riklis, flew them to a screening in Las Vegas.



Tom Cruise Returns His Three Golden Globe Trophies To Join Protest Against HFPA
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Add Tom Cruise to the chorus of outrage against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Deadline hears that the actor today has delivered back to the HFPA the three Golden Globe trophies he has won over the years.

The trophies just sent to HFPA headquarters are the Best Actor prize he won for Jerry Maguire, the Best Actor prize he won for Born on the Fourth of July and the Best Supporting Actor prize he won for Magnolia. This is a new tack, but I wouldn’t be surprised if others follow his lead and that the reception area of the HFPA could be crammed with golden trophies.


Scarlett Johansson Joins Growing Chorus of Criticism Against the Golden Globes
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Scarlett Johansson denounced the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in a statement on Saturday, and urged her colleagues to join her in stepping back from engaging with the group and the Golden Globes, its annual awards show. She referenced previous encounters with the organization "that bordered on sexual harassment" and said the HFPA "was legitimized by the likes of Harvey Weinstein."


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