Fox has decided to postpone the 75th Emmy Awards due to the Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA strikes.
Fox, which was due to air the ceremony on September 18, is expected to announce soon that the event will be postponed to January, according to a person familiar with the plans, who was not authorized to comment.
The new date is subject to working out between the guilds and the studios by then.
Variety reported Thursday that Emmy Awards providers have already been notified of the delay.
The Writers Guild of America has been on strike since May 2nd. The actors represented by SAG-AFTRA resigned from their jobs this month. Both unions are demanding improved balance payments for streaming and safeguards against the use of AI.
Fox executives previously said the network would not continue programming if one of the guilds was still on strike by the end of July. The network had no intention of continuing without talent to perform or present the awards.
The last time the Emmy Awards telecast was delayed was in 2001 after the September 11 attacks on New York City and the Pentagon. The program was presented seven weeks late after a second delay in November.
Fox is postponing this year’s show because actors and writers would most likely not be attending the event, leaving the network with only executives and reality show stars as hosts.
The Emmy Awards aired in 1980 when striking SAG members boycotted the event. Only one actor – Powers Boothe – showed up to accept his award. Boothe was honored for his role as suicide cult leader Jim Jones in the miniseries Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.