“The West Wing” is apparently not just about the White House, but the actors behind it as well. John Wells, executive producer of NBC’s critically praised drama, has returned the Family Television Award bestowed to the show by the Association of National Advertisers.
Wells said he’s protesting the Association’s decision to edit actress Allison Janney’s comments in support of striking SAG and AFTRA members out of her speech for the awards ceremony telecast.
The Family Television Awards was aired Aug. 10 on CBS.
In her acceptance speech, Janney reportedly urged ad execs to resolve the actors’ strike, which has halted work for commercial actors since April.
“‘The West Wing’ is not interested in an award from an organization that supports censorship of free speech,” Wells said in a statement.