A source close to 'Emily in Paris' says it's 'unfair to say' that Golden Globe nominations came after judges were flown out for a luxurious set visit

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Lily Collins stars in "Emily in Paris." Carole Bethuel/Netflix
  • A source familiar with a junket hosted by "Emily in Paris" denies the event was unethical.

  • It comes after "Emily in Paris" scored two Golden Globes nominations, which raised some eyebrows.

  • The source told Insider that all "rules and guidelines" were followed.

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Sources close to the production of "Emily in Paris" are hitting back after the LA Times published a report that revealed over 30 Golden Globes voters were flown to Europe in 2019 for a luxurious tour of the show's Parisian set.

The story, which reports on what the Times described as allegations of "ethical conflicts" within the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the influential organization that runs the Golden Globe Awards, was published last week.

It said that Paramount - the original studio behind "Emily in Paris" - paid for HFPA members to attend a junket that included a two-night stay at the five-star Peninsula Paris hotel where rooms cost $1,400 a night before a private lunch at the Musée des Arts Forains, a private museum in the city.

A person tied to the show's production and the junket told Insider in a statement that "it's unfair to say the conference is why the noms came through. In fact, several reputable publications predicted 'Emily in Paris' and Lily Collins would be nominated in both of their categories - including LA Times, Vanity Fair, Indiewire and Variety."

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The show received largely negative reviews. Netflix

"'Emily in Paris' is consistent with the type of shows the HFPA nominates (freshman series, international setting, they LOVE Lily Collins)," the statement continued. "Most importantly, it should be recognized and supported that 'Emily In Paris' is a hugely popular and successful show."

The source continued to refute several claims that appeared in the LA Times report, saying that Paramount "did not fly the HFPA to Paris" but instead "worked directly with the HFPA and followed the rules and guidelines."

The source also said that the hotel rooms provided to HFPA members at the Peninsula Paris were not $1400 a night and instead 30 rooms had a "nightly rate of $944 and the remaining [three] were $1000."

"Thirty-three [HFPA] members attended, not all 90-something of them," the source noted.

A source also made sure to note that other members of the press visited the Parisian set, including the LA Times.

The Los Angeles Times doubled down on their report in a statement to Insider Thursday.

"The Los Angeles Times story states clearly that the HFPA paid for the flights and that Paramount paid for the hotel stays and other amenities associated with the junket. The story does not make a causal link between the junket and the Golden Globe nomination," it read.

"The reporting reveals more about how the HFPA members participate in these types of activities, including the details of the 'Emily in Paris' junket which more than 30 HFPA members attended," the statement concluded.

Speaking about that two-day set visit, a source close to the HFPA told Insider that the trip wasn't out of the ordinary in the entertainment industry and denied it had any effect on nominations.

"As is common with entertainment journalists from around the world, HFPA members attend set visits, premieres, and press conferences. The notion that these visits have any influence over nominees for the Golden Globes is absurd," the statement read. "For example, from 2019-2020, members of the HFPA attended more than 60 different set visits or press conferences in different locations across the globe."

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"Emily in Paris" was filmed in France. Netflix

The source continued: "The studio invited the HFPA as part of a general set visit for press, including press from many other publications who are not affiliated with the HFPA. We also want to be clear that non-HFPA members, including from many major publications in the US and abroad, are offered fully paid attendance by studios at junkets. The HFPA, on the other hand, pays for the airfare of its own members, as was the case for this trip."

Both sources' identities are known and confirmed by Insider, but they would only agree to provide anonymous statements.

"Emily in Paris," which was acquired from Paramount by Netflix, premiered on the streamer late last year. The show follows the life of a young American ex-pat in Paris, who works at a high-end marketing firm.

Despite widespread critical panning, the show picked up two Golden Globes nominations earlier this month, including best TV comedy or musical, which shocked many viewers as well as industry insiders.

Deborah Copaken, who is a staff writer on the show, wrote in an op-ed for The Guardian that she was "stunned" that "Emily in Paris" received two nominations while Michaela Coel's acclaimed drama "I May Destroy You" was completely snubbed.

Read the original article on Insider