Tiffany Haddish On Rejecting 'Disrespectful' Offer To Host Grammys Event For Free

Written by on December 10, 2020

Tiffany Haddish stated she felt disrespected when she was requested to host a nontelevised Grammys occasion totally free lately.

The Recording Academy requested Haddish to host the upcoming Grammy Awards Premiere Ceremony with out compensation or protecting prices for hair, make-up or wardrobe, the comic advised Selection in a narrative posted Wednesday.

The annual pre-telecast occasion is the prelude to the 63rd Grammy Awards, which is able to air at eight p.m. ET Jan. 31 on CBS. “The Day by day Present” host Trevor Noah will emcee the primary occasion. The premiere occasion will stream stay earlier that day on Grammy.com.

The comic, who earned a finest comedy album Grammy nomination for her 2019 Netflix comedy particular “Tiffany Haddish: Black Mitzvah,” advised Selection that she would have needed to pay for her personal hair, make-up and wardrobe prices if she had agreed to host the occasion. 

“I don’t know if this would possibly imply I may not get nominated ever once more, however I believe it’s disrespectful,” she stated. 

Requested to remark, the Recording Academy referred HuffPost to an Instagram put up by Harvey Mason Jr., the academy’s chair and interim president and CEO, who apologized to Haddish in a video message Thursday. 

Mason stated within the video that he had no data of the provide to the comic beforehand and that it was made by a expertise booker working for the Recording Academy. 

“A expertise booker working for the academy advised Ms. Haddish that we wouldn’t even cowl her prices whereas she hosted this occasion for us,” Mason stated. 

“To me, that was unsuitable. I’m pissed off by that call. It was a lapse in judgment. It was in poor style, … and it was disrespectful to the inventive group,” he added. “I’m a part of the inventive group. I do know what that seems like, and it’s not proper.”

Mason stated that he spoke to Haddish and apologized to her instantly. 

Black actors have frequently known as out Hollywood’s historical past of undervaluing Black expertise. 

“We’re so woefully underpaid, underappreciated, disrespected,” “Breaking In” actor Gabrielle Union advised The Related Press in 2019. 

Elsewhere in her interview with Selection, Haddish stated that she didn’t must host the occasion to realize publicity. 

“As a lot as I recognize the honour of being nominated, that’s not OK,” she stated, including, “That is one thing that must be addressed.”

In October, Frequent — who’s relationship Haddish — praised the comic, saying in an interview with SiriusXM host Karen Hunter that she typically “stands up in Hollywood for Black girls.”


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