The Recording Academy apologizes to Tiffany Haddish after calling the Grammys for inviting her to a ceremony but refusing to pay her to perform, or even for her hair, makeup, and wardrobe.
During an interview with Variety posted on Wednesday (December 9), the actress and comedian said she turned down an offer to host the Grammys premier before they aired because she was told she had to go all out with the three-hour period Issue related costs pay live stream with no compensation.
"All of that should come out of my pocket," she told the outlet. "I don't know if this could mean that I'll never be nominated again, but I think it's disrespectful."
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“I was like, 'The exposure is amazing, but I think I've had enough. I appreciate that you asked. And as much as I appreciate the honor of being nominated, that's not okay, "added the nominee's best comedy album of 2021.
Harvey Mason Jr., President and CEO of the Interim Recording Academy, posted an apology video on Instagram early Thursday morning. Unknown to him, an academy talent booker, Haddish, told him that Mason said they would not cover the cost.
"It was wrong for me," he said. "I'm frustrated with this decision. It was a misjudgment, it was tasteless, and it was disrespectful to the creative community. I'm part of the creative community. I know what that feels like and it's not right."
Mason says he's grateful to have a chat with Haddish after the Variety interview. "I apologized to her personally, and I apologized to her from the Academy. I expressed my regrets and displeasure with how this happened and how it was handled," he revealed. "Again, I want to say Tiffany we're sorry and thank you for allowing me to speak about this."
See the following Instagram post by Harvey Mason Jr .: