The 2023 Emmy nominees had to wait a little longer for their prizes.
Back in July, the 2023 ceremony was postponed from its originally scheduled air date of Sept. 18. The Television Academy revealed in August that the Emmy Awards would take place in the new year instead. At long last, viewers tuned into the 75th annual ceremony on Jan. 15, 2024, with Anthony Anderson hosting the show on FOX to celebrate all the best shows of 2023.
Why were the Emmys delayed? Well, the original ceremony was postponed due to the ongoing writers and actors strikes in Hollywood.
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) led the charge by going on strike May 2 when their negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) fell through. They were soon joined by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) when their own negotiations with AMPTP didn’t reach an agreement before the actors’ contracts expired on July 12.
“SAG-AFTRA negotiated in good faith with the AMPTP,” read a statement on the union’s website. “We said we need a modern contract that addresses modern issues. They countered with business as usual. Our careers as performers are now in jeopardy. This is why we’re striking.”