Money Talks So Tiffany Haddish Walked When The Grammys Refused To Offer Compensation For Hosting Gig
The Recording Academy interim president apologized to the actress.
December 11, 2020 at 4:30 pm
The 41-year-old actress made the revelation in an interview with Variety, saying she turned down the offer to host the Grammys pre-telecast Premiere Ceremony because they expected her to cover the cost of hair, makeup and wardrobe.
“All of that would have to come out of my pocket,” the comedian told Variety. “I don’t know if this might mean I might not get nominated ever again, but I think it’s disrespectful.”
A spokesperson for the Grammys said the Premiere Ceremony is not a CBS program, but it's hosted by the Academy, which is a not-for-profit organization, and hosts, presenters and performers have traditionally performed without pay.
Hadish's Netflix special, Black Mitzvah, is nominated for Best Comedy Album at this year's Grammys, which will air on CBS on Jan. 31.
"As much as I appreciate the honor of being nominated, that’s not OK,” the Hollywood star said.
Harvey Mason Jr., the Recording Academy interim president, apologized to the actress on Instagram.
"It's just been brought to my attention that the Recording Academy invited Tiffany Haddish to host this year's premiere ceremony," he said. "Unfortunately, and without me knowing, the talent booker working for the Academy told Ms. Haddish that we wouldn't even cover her costs while she hosted this event. To me that was wrong. I'm frustrated by that decision. It was a lapse in judgment. It was in poor taste. And it's disrespectful."
Mason added that he has also personally talked with the actress.
"I expressed my regret and displeasure about how this went down and how this was handled," he added.