NBC will not be airing The Golden Globes next year following controversy regarding diversity within the organization responsible for the awards, according to CNN.
This ends a decades-long relationship between NBC and the nonprofit responsible for the awards, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The network announced it wouldn’t carry the show after the Los Angeles Times reported about the company’s lack of diversity as well as some ethical concerns, including giving financial benefits to some members.
After this report, Netflix and WarnerMedia announced that they would not participate in the Globes until the issues are properly 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,” NBC said in a statement on Monday. 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. The show, which was hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, was watched by 6.9 million, the lowest rating since the program moved to NBC in the 1990s.
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