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NBC will not be airing the Golden Globes in 2022, as the embattled Hollywood Foreign Press Association struggles to win back Hollywood’s trust after being criticized for its unfathomable lack of diversity.

Earlier this year, the 87-member group, made up of critics for overseas media outlets, faced backlash after the Los Angeles Times reported the group included no Black members.

Following the media fire, the organization released a statement on its website, vowing change.

But is it all too little, too late?

“We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform,” NBC said in a statement. “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 news comes days after Netflix and WarnerMedia announced they would be distancing themselves from the awards show.

“Today’s vote is an important first step,” Netflix’s co-CEO Ted Sarandos wrote in. letter to HFPA officials. “However, we don’t believe these proposed new policies — particularly around the size and speed of membership growth — will tackle the HFPA’s 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.”

As if that were not enough of a crushing blow, Hollywood actor Tom Cruise announced that he had returned his Golden Globe Awards on Tuesday morning.

HFPA insists it is committed to progress.

“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 statement on its website reads.

“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.”

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