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Amid Multiple Controversies, NBC Will Not Air Golden Globes in 2022

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

The network announced that it would not carry the show in 2022 after controversy surrounding the HFPA’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 have prompted several major outlets, including Netflix, to announce that they would not participate in any Globes-related events until the issues had been adequately addressed.

78th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: The 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Rainbow Room on February 28, 2021 — (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC)

The HFPA sought to appease the criticism by promising to bring in Black journalists, increasing its ranks from 87 members to 100. But subsequent reporting based on internal conversations revealed that only made the problem worse. 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 box office bomb “Butterfly” after her wealthy husband, Israeli billionaire Meshulem Riklis, flew them to a screening in Las Vegas.

Dominoes have continued falling since then, with major celebrities like Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo making public statements regarding the HFPA. On Monday, Tom Cruise returned the three statues he’s accumulated in his career.

 

NBC first began airing the awards show in 1993 after it was dropped by CBS. “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,” NBC said in a statement on Monday.



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