MTV Movie & TV Awards Ditch Live Plans

The MTV Movie & TV Awards will no longer be live on Sunday as the show pivots to a pre-taped program in light of the writer’s strike.

The news comes one day after Drew Barrymore pulled out as host of the awards show in support of striking writers. She is expected to return next year as host instead.

In a short press release on Friday, the writer’s guild announced it would picket outside Barker Hangar in Santa Monica this coming Sunday evening.

The now-hostless show is evolving rapidly as producers wait and see who among their presenters, nominees and guests will cross the picket line and appear on the telecast.

One person who won’t is Oscar winner Jamie Lee Curtis who was slated to present but has now said on Instagram that the writer’s guild “needs and deserves my support and I won’t cross their picket line”.

Bruce Gillmer, President of Music, Music Talent, Programming and Events at Paramount Global, and an Executive Producer of the MTV Movie & TV Awards, says in a statement:

“As we carefully navigate how best to deliver the fan-first awards show we envisioned that our team has worked so hard to create, we’re pivoting away from a live event that still enables us to produce a memorable night full of exclusive sneak peeks, irreverent categories our audience has come to expect, and countless moments that will both surprise and delight as we honor the best of film and TV over the past year.”

MTV had previously scrapped a red carpet before the show hoping to avoid picketing. Gillmer says the plan now is to be “super respectful” of decisions by the talent to “either be involved in pre-tapes, show up or not show up, whatever they decide”.

Source: Variety

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