The Grammys are apologizing to Tiffany Haddish after telling her she would have to pay all her own expenses if she wanted to host the show.
Haddish recently explained in an interview with Variety that she turned down the offer to host the show because she was told she would have to pay for all expenses related to the hosting gig out of her pocket.
In the Variety interview Haddish said, “All of that would have to come out of my pocket…I don’t know if this might mean I might not get nominated ever again, but I think it’s disrespectful.”
According to Haddish, the expenses they refused to cover ranged from hair, makeup, wardrobe and even Haddish’s time.
“How many other people have they done that to? It’s like a guy asking you on a date but telling you that you have to pay for it,” Haddish said.
In response to Haddish, the Recording Academy Interim President and CEO Harvey Mason Jr. posted an official apology video on Instagram.
Mason explained in the video he was not aware that the talent booker who works for the academy told Haddish she would have to pay her own expenses.
He went on to explain that he is a part of the “creative community” and that it’s “not right”. He also reached out to Haddish directly and apologized.
Haddish has been nominated for Best Comedy Album for her Netflix special, Black Mitzvah.