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NBC Won’t Air 2022 Golden Globes, Netflix and Amazon Cut Ties with HFPA

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NBC Won’t Air 2022 Golden Globes, Netflix and Amazon Cut Ties with HFPA

By Movieguide® Staff

NBC announced that it would not air the Golden Globes award show in 2022.

“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,” NBC told Fox News. “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.”

NBC’s decision comes after significant entertainment companies Netflix and Amazon dropped their support of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). 

Fox News reported: “The HFPA came under fire in recent months when it was revealed the organization lacked a single Black member, and faced accusations of somewhat unprofessional behaviors and accepting gifts from competing productions.”

Although the HFPA has yet to address NBC’s move to drop coverage directly, the board of members outlined their plan moving forward.  

“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,” the group said in a statement. “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.”

However, the HFPA’s recent reforms did not convince Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos.

“Like many in our industry, we’ve been waiting for today’s announcement in the hope that you would acknowledge the breadth of issues facing the HFPA and provide a clear roadmap for change,” Sarandos wrote in the letter, according to Deadline.

While Sarandos conceded that it was “a first step,” he did not believe the changes to be sufficient in addressing the “systemic diversity and inclusion challenges, or the lack of clear standards for how your members should operate.”

“So we’re stopping any activities with your organization until more meaningful changes are made,” Sarandos said. “We know that you have many well-intentioned members who want real change — and that all of us have more work to do to create an equitable and inclusive industry.”

“But Netflix and many of the talent and creators we work with cannot ignore the HFPA’s collective failure to address these crucial issues with urgency and rigor,” he added. 

Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke also commented on their relationship with the HFPA. 

“We have not been working with the HFPA since these issues were first raised,” Salke said, according to The Hollywood Reporter, “Like the rest of the industry, we are awaiting a sincere and significant resolution before moving forward.”

Movieguide® recently reported on The Globes sinking ratings: 

After delays due to the pandemic, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association finally hosted their 78th annual Golden Globes Awards on Sunday, Feb. 28.  

But the awards show, which often airs ahead of the Academy Awards, is widely considered to be annoying at its best and corrupt at its worst.  

Freelance journalist Brad Slager recently wrote for TownHall: “[The Golden Globes] is openly recognized in the entertainment industry to be a sham of an awards show that is put on by a corrupt organization, one in which no one in entertainment takes seriously. Yet everyone from the studios down to the performers works on gaining approval of this group, pouring forth time and fortunes, in order to get recognition.”

Even notable left-leaning outlets call out the award show each year as unnecessary, dishonest, and self-serving.