The craziest film-journalist group kerfuffle this side of a Hollywood Foreign Press Association rumble has been brought to a swift and resolute close.
At a special emergency meeting today of the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC), it was decided that Armond White is to be expelled for his miscreant behavior at the organization’s recent annual awards gala. White continues to adamantly deny the accusations, even though there is corroborating audio and no one else has come forward to take ownership of the muttered comments about the filmmaker who accepted last night’s Best Drama Golden Globe.
Here’s the NYFCC statement issued today, via THR:
“The New York Film Critics Circle deeply regrets any embarrassment caused its guests or honorees by any member’s recent actions,” said Stephen Whitty, critic for the Star-Ledger and the group’s new chair. “Sadly, disciplinary measures had to be taken, to prevent any re-occurrence. We apologize again to our guests and look forward to the rest of 2014 and our 80th anniversary.”
Separately, the NYFCC suspended New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick for a year, as punishment for having written about and revealed 2013 NYFCC award winner vote tallies. Expect to hear a lot from White in the coming days, weeks about this. He never stops.
Lumenick meanwhile is scheduled to appear around 7:20 p.m. ET tonight on CNN to discuss with Don Lemon the column that got him in trouble.*
*Editor’s Note: Lumenick re-tweeted a mention by his colleague Kyle Smith that we carelessly mistook as having come from him. It is Smith appearing tonight on CNN, not Lumenick, in connection with this Post piece. FishbowlNY apologizes for the error.[Image courtesy: @3xchair]
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Armond White Embarrasses Himself at NYFCC Awards Gala… Again