NBC says it will not air Golden Globes in 2022 amid outcry

Hollywood Foreign Press Association is facing an industry backlash over a lack of diversity

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 9, 2019, Golden Globe trophies are set by the stage ahead of the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards nominations announcement at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills. NBC will not air next year's Golden Globes after the organization behind the prestigious film and television awards came under attack from across Hollywood for its record on diversity and transparency, the US network said on May 10, 2021. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of around 90 journalists who vote for Tinseltown's second-biggest annual film and television awards, last week approved a raft of reforms aimed at boosting inclusivity and diversity after months of negative headlines. / AFP / Robyn BECK
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Amid growing pressure on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, NBC said on Monday that it will not air the Golden Globes in 2022.

The network said it believes the press association – which is facing possible boycotts from Netflix, Warner Bros and many Hollywood stars – is committed to reform.

“However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the [association] needs time to do it right,” the network said.

“As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes. Assuming the organisation executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023.”

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, long a subject of ridicule from even its own telecast hosts, has come under fire following an investigative report by The Los Angeles Times that recounted the organisation's questionable record on diversity – including, presently, no black members among its approximately 90 voting members.

The press association has pledged to thoroughly reform and last week approved a plan to, among other things, diversify its membership. But that has not stopped several studios from threatening to pull out of the Golden Globes.

Last week, Netflix cast doubt on its future involvement with the association.

"We don't believe these proposed new policies – particularly around the size and speed of membership growth – will tackle the [association's] systemic diversity and inclusion challenges, or the lack of clear standards for how your members should operate," said Netflix co-chief executive Ted Sarandos.

Warner Bros said earlier on Monday it would cease holding screenings and other events for the association until it made more substantial changes.

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"For far too long, demands for perks, special favours and unprofessional requests have been made to our teams and to others across the industry," WarnerMedia executives said.

“We regret that as an industry, we have complained [of], but largely tolerated this behaviour until now.”

The outcry against the association has also included strong statements from Time's Up, a group of 100 Hollywood publicity companies and stars including David Oyelowo, Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson.

The Golden Globes, produced by Dick Clark Productions, have suffered ratings drops in recent years, but still rank among the most-watched award shows – usually third to the Oscars and the Grammys.

The 78th Golden Globes, held on February 28, attracted 6.9 million viewers, a 63 per cent drop from the 2020 telecast, watched by 18.4 million.