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Members of the religious group said they were outraged when the “Tonight Show” host showed a photo of a glittering gold building and claimed it was Republican Mitt Romney’s summer home, according to the Associated Press.
It was meant to be a joke about the Republican presidential candidate’s wealth, but the building in the photograph is the Golden Temple, the holiest site in the Sikh religion.
Meanwhile, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Monday that Mr. Leno’s comments “appeared to be satirical in nature.”
Globes broadcast dispute is headed to court
A little more than a week after handing out Golden Globes to show business elite, members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and their longtime collaborators will begin a trial to determine which group controls broadcast rights to the popular awards ceremony.
The decision will alter the future of the glitzy gala and whether it will remain on NBC or, for the first time in 17 years, appear on another network.
If the association prevails, it may mean an end to its relationship with Dick Clark Productions, the company that brought the Globes back to network television after a scandal threatened its future. The partnership also helped transform the show into one of the biggest events in Hollywood’s crowded awards season.
The trial’s scheduled opening Tuesday in a Los Angeles federal court came just nine days after nearly 17 million viewers tuned in to the show, which featured barbs from host Ricky Gervais and a potential bump in Oscar momentum for films such as “The Artist” and actor George Clooney.
U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz has already been presented thousands of pages of documents and evidence to decide the case, and he will hear live testimony from a number of current HFPA members, executives and possibly from Dick Clark himself. The extensive documents filed in the case include minutes of board meetings dating back to the early 1980s.
Audiences of the past two Globes awards shows didn’t notice it, but the HFPA and its producers have waged a bitter legal war since November 2010 over who has the right to negotiate broadcast deals for the Globes. The association contends Dick Clark Productions improperly negotiated a deal keeping the Globes on NBC until 2018, a move that also guarantees the company the right to work on the show until then.
The association claims it was blindsided by the deal and had received assurances throughout 2010 from Dick Clark Productions that it wasn’t negotiating a new broadcast deal. The company, however, claims it had the right to pursue the NBC extension.
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