Jamie Lee Curtis Withdraws from Hosting MTV Awards
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis has decided to show her support for the Hollywood writers’ strike and step down from her role as a host at the MTV Movie and TV Awards. The awards show will still go ahead as planned, but it will no longer air live and will reportedly have no audience.
The ‘Halloween’ star was due to present one of the awards at the annual party that takes place at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on Sunday. However, she has now decided not to attend because she will “not be crossing a picket line” amid the Writers Guild of America strike that kicked off this Tuesday, May 2.
Jamie Lee Curtis posted a photo of herself in a previous red carpet outfit on Instagram and stated that she won’t be dressing to attend the awards show. She wrote: “I won’t be able to go present because WGAW (Writers Guild of America West) needs and deserves my support and I will not cross his picket line.”
Awards show host Drew Barrymore also announced that she would withdraw from the show due to the strike. In a statement issued to Variety, she said: “I have listened to the writers, and to truly respect them, I will stop hosting the live MTV Movie and TV Awards in solidarity with the strike.”
The show’s executive producer, Bruce Gillmer, stated: “As we carefully explore how best to deliver the first-ever fan awards show that we imagine our team has worked so hard to create, we are moving away from a live event that still allows us to produce a memorable night filled with exclusive sneak peeks, irreverent categories our audiences have come to expect and countless moments that will surprise and delight as we honor the best of film and television over the past year.”