NBC Will Not Air the Golden Globes in 2022 over Diversity Concerns

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has come under fire for not having a single Black person in its 87 member voting body

BY Josiah HughesPublished May 10, 2021

The annual Golden Globe Awards are handed out by a group called the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, who count 87 people among their voting body. They've recently come under fire for not including a single Black person in their ranks and have promised to make necessary changes. Still, NBC has decided not to air the awards show next year.

"We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform," a statement from NBC reads. "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. Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023."

Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Times revealed that there wasn't a single Black person among the Golden Globes voting body. Then, last week, Deadline reported that the HFPA committed to some reforms that many considered too little.

The critics included representatives from the Time's Up movement, whose president Tina Tchen said, "The window-dressing platitudes adopted yesterday are neither the transformation that was promised nor what our creative community deserves.... Any organization or sponsors that set themselves up to pass judgment on our vibrant community of creators and talent must do better."

Of course, NBC's decision to not air the show comes at a convenient time when audiences simply aren't watching awards shows like they used to. This year's Academy Awards, which aired on ABC, were the lowest-rated in the entire history of the show

Nonetheless, the controversy continues to have a negative effect on the Globes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tom Cruise has returned three statues that he received from the award show over the years.

UPDATE (5/10, 5:50 p.m. ET): In response to NBC's decision, the HFPA has now issued the following statement: "Regardless of the next air date of the Golden Globes, implementing transformational changes as quickly — and as thoughtfully — as possible remains the top priority for our organization. We invite our partners in the industry to the table to work with us on the systemic reform that is long overdue, both in our organization as well as within the industry at large." The HFPA also offered a timeline for its upcoming changes, and you can see that timeline over here via Deadline.

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