NBC Won't Air 2022 Golden Globes, Tom Cruise Returns Awards

The backlash against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has now led to NBC canceling its plans to air the 2022 Golden Globe Awards.

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Update: The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has responded to the news of NBC canceling the 2022 telecast of the Golden Globe Awards. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the HFPA said, "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 group also revealed several of the changes it plans to make in the coming months, which you can read on THR. The original story follows.

NBC has officially made the decision to not air the Golden Globe Awards in 2022. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network made the choice after a severe backlash in recent months against the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which votes on the annual awards for movies and TV.

In a statement, NBC said, "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."

The network dropping the telecast comes as the HFPA faces criticism for a lack of diversity in its membership. It was revealed in February by the LA Times that there were no black members of the organization, which consisted of 87 journalists. Following that, the HFPA announced potential reforms to its laws and memberships included adding "at least 20 new members in 2021, with a specific focus on recruiting Black members." The group also set a goal of increasing its membership by 50% over the next 18 months. Other changes proposed by the HFPA were eliminating the requirement that members reside in Southern California and that new members must be sponsored by those already in the group.

As for the backlash against the HFPA, it spreads far beyond NBC's dropping the show. According to Deadline, Mission Impossible franchise star Tom Cruise has sent the three Golden Globes he's won back to the organization in protest. Meanwhile, Netflix announced it would be "stopping any activities with [the HFPA] until more meaningful changes are made." Likewise, Amazon announced it wasn't dealing with the organization currently. "We have not been working with the HFPA since these issues were first raised, and like the rest of the industry, we are awaiting a sincere and significant resolution before moving forward," a statement from Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke read.

As for what happens next, it remains unclear if the Golden Globes would be picked up by another network or streaming entity in 2021.

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