NBC dropped the biggest hammer on the scandal-plagued Hollywood Foreign Press Association Monday, announcing it will not broadcast the HFPA’s Golden Globes ceremony in 2022.
The 87-member HFPA has been immersed in issues ranging from preferential treatment sought and received by its members to lack of racial representation in its ranks, which included no Black members, according to a Los Angeles Times investigation this year.
In another blow to the HFPA and the Globes Monday, A-lister Tom Cruise Monday returned his three Globes awards for “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Jerry Maguire,” according to Variety. That follows criticism of the group by other prominent A-listers, including Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo.
NBC said it wants to give the HFPA time to resolve its problems and hopes it will be possible to broadcast the event in 2023.
“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. Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023,” NBC said in the statement.
The Globes are the main source of income for the HFPA – Variety reported in 2018 that NBC was paying $60 million per year for broadcast rights in an eight-year pact that runs through 2026 – and it also occupies a major spot in Hollywood’s annual awards season, setting the table with nominees and winners leading up to the Oscars. It’s unlikely the Globes can move to another broadcast outlet under the terms of NBC’s contract.
The Globes, held in the ballroom of the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, and promoted as “Hollywood’s biggest party,” traditionally have attracted a huge audience. However, as with many awards shows during the pandemic, a socially distanced ceremony held in New York and Los Angeles on Feb. 28 this year attracted a record-low 6.9 million viewers., down 64% from the 18.4 million who watched the January 2020 show.