The ongoing Hollywood writers strike has claimed next year’s People’s Choice Awards ceremony.
A day after Writers Guild of America union bosses rejected a request for striking members to be allowed to write scripts for the awards ceremonies, organizers of the People’s Choice prize-giving in January have cancelled the show.
Insiders claim there are still tentative plans to televise an alternative to the annual show on Jan. 8, but there will be no red carpet and the media will be barred from the event. It is not known if Queen Latifah, who was announced as a host, will still be involved in the show.
Reports suggest the organizers of the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 13 may follow suit and scrap a planned live telecast if it looks as if the strike will continue into the New Year.
The writers, who began their walkout on Nov. 5, plan to picket any awards shows, and as a result, many nominated stars have threatened not to attend.
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