NBC Says It Won't Air the Golden Globes in 2022
By Joe Flint
NBC said it will not broadcast the Golden Globes next year after
several major entertainment companies and stars indicated that they
would not participate in the awards show or work with the Hollywood
Foreign Press Association, the organization that oversees the
At issue is how the HFPA runs the Globes. The organization,
comprised of 87 foreign journalists, has long been criticized by
Hollywood executives for its small size and outsize influence.
Specifically, the organization has been criticized for accepting
paid trips and other perks from studios and cozying up to big stars
in return for access. The group has also been under fire for its
lack of diversity and earlier this year confirmed it had no Black
The concerns surrounding the HFPA operations were raised again
earlier this year in a Los Angeles Times report. In response to the
Los Angeles Times, the HFPA said, "None of these allegations has
ever been proven in court or in any investigation, [and they]
simply repeat old tropes about the HFPA and reflect unconscious
bias against the HFPA's diverse membership."
The HFPA last week announced a new set of changes to address its
diversity and oversight, including expanding its membership by 50%
over the next 18 months and making changes within its executive
ranks. "We understand that the hard work starts now and we remain
dedicated to becoming a better organization and an example of
diversity, transparency, and accountability in this industry," the
HFPA posted on its website last week.
Those efforts were not enough to appease its critics. In the
past few days, Netflix, Amazon and WarnerMedia said they would not
participate in the Golden Globes unless the organization initiated
a substantial overhaul of its operations. Celebrities including
Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo also have spoken out against
the group in recent days. Tom Cruise returned his three Golden
Globe trophies for "Born on the Fourth of July," "Jerry Maguire"
and "Magnolia" in protest, according to a person with knowledge of
NBC said it believes the HFPA wants to reform but "change of
this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the
HFPA needs time to do it right." NBC said it will not broadcast the
Globes in 2022 and is "hopeful we will be in a position to air the
show in January 2023."
In a statement Monday, HFPA board members said it vowed to
reform. "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
An NBC spokeswoman declined to comment on whether its contract
with the Globes would allow HFPA to move the show to another outlet
The Golden Globes for decades has been criticized by the
Hollywood establishment. Hosts of the show, particularly Ricky
Gervais, have made jokes about the organization during the
broadcasts of the awards.
"Many talented people of color were snubbed in major categories.
Unfortunately, there's nothing we can do about that. The Hollywood
Foreign Press are all very, very racist," he said during his 2020
Despite all of that, the show has been a solid performer in the
ratings. It is seen as less stuffy than the Oscars with host and
guest drinking throughout the event.
This year's show however sustained a 62% drop in viewers, much
of which could be attributed to disinterested audiences during the
Covid pandemic and a glitchy show mostly done online.
NBC's current deal still has several years left to run and the
network pays $60 million annually in rights fees for the show,
people familiar with the matter said. By comparison the Oscars are
in the $100 million range.
John Jurgensen and Ellen Gamerman contributed to this
Write to Joe Flint at firstname.lastname@example.org
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