LOS ANGELES, July 21 (UPI) — “Veep” star Peter MacNicol’s Outstanding Guest Actor Emmy nomination has been rescinded by the Academy of Television and Arts and Sciences.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor will no longer be eligible for the prestigious award after it was discovered that he appeared in five of “Veep”‘s 10 Season 5 episodes.
Official rules state that to be considered in any of the guest acting categories, the star must have appeared in “less than 50 percent” of a season’s episodes, a stipulation that was only added last year.
Notably, MacNicol only briefly appeared for about 10 seconds in the ninth episode of Season 5, costing him the nomination. A new nominee is expected to be announced shortly.
“Upon review of the guest actor in a comedy series category, the Television Academy has determined that Peter MacNicol unfortunately exceeds the number of episodes permissible for inclusion in that category,” the academy said in a statement.
“HBO’s guest actor entry for Peter MacNicol was accurate at the time of the submission deadline, but he was subsequently included in an additional ‘Veep’ episode. Unfortunately, that additional appearance places him in 50 percent of the season’s episodes and makes him no longer eligible to compete in the guest actor category. This decision is in no way a diminishment of Mr. MacNicol’s stellar performance on this season of ‘Veep,'” the statement continued.
Emmy nominations have been rescinded before with actor Henry Winkler losing out on his nomination in 2000 after it was discovered that his guest appearance on “Battery Park” took place after the eligibility deadline.