People’s Choice Awards Abandons Red Carpet

Queen Latifah

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12/19/2007 AT 7:45 PM ET

The People’s Choice Awards has become the first awards show hit by the writers’ strike, with producers abandoning the red carpet, acceptance speeches and live audience for a “magazine-style format.”

Queen Latifah will continue to serve as host of the show, but winners now will give their acceptance remarks via video rather than from a stage in an auditorium. Winners will also answer questions emailed by fans.

“Obviously, we realized there are pressing issues facing the entertainment industry,” says show spokeswoman Jeannie Tharrington. “Out of respect for all the people involved, we decided we would use this opportunity to use a new format.”

The People’s Choice Awards airs on Jan. 8 on CBS.
Mike Fleeman

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