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Lindsay Lohan bows out of Emmy consideration ... really

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 14th 2008 1:24PM
ugly betty llEither an Emmy isn't worth very much these days, or Hollywood actresses are finding that the publicity from spurning a nomination is worth more than the nomination itself. First Grey's Anatomy star -- and last year's Emmy winner -- Katherine Heigl removed her name from consideration for an Emmy in 2008, and now another has followed suit.

Lindsay Lohan is not submitting her Ugly Betty performance for Emmy consideration. What? You don't remember Lindsay's performance, those few minutes of a flashback when Betty recalls being used as a dodge ball target in high school? Yeah, Lindsay really put in Emmy-worthy work there!

This is so ridiculous when it comes to Lindsay. There was no chance she'd be nominated, so removing her name is a stunt. On the other hand, Heigl's move is a real slap in the face to the writers of Grey's Anatomy.

Having won last year, she was virtually assured recognition with a nomination this year. For her to say that she doesn't think her performance is worthy because the material wasn't up to last year's standards speaks volumes. You have to wonder if Heigl isn't ready to move on and this is a way of greasing the wheels?

Tom O'Neil speculates about Lindsay's move, and also reminds us that those other headlines divas -- Britney Spears (How I Met Your Mother), Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana) and Mary-Kate Olsen (Weeds) -- are still in contention for Emmy nominations. Of that batch, I'd be stunned if any of them snag a nom. Meanwhile, Lindsay's press person, Leslie Sloane, said they chose to wait until next season, when LL will appear in six Ugly Betty episodes.

By the way, if any actor wants to legitimately make a statement by removing his/her name from consideration -- and that may indeed be what Heigl was doing -- how about someone like Tony Shaloub for Monk? He's won three Emmys for the same role, 2003, 2005 and 2006. Don't get me wrong, I think he's great as Adrian Monk. But bow out of the nominations and let someone else receive some recognition. You've nailed Monk and we all know it. The same was true all those years that Don Knotts won as Barney Fife (The Andy Griffith Show) and John Larroquette won as Dan Fielding (Night Court). Enough is enough.

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