Tonight’s TV Academy FYC screening for FX’s American Horror Story: Hotel has been canceled. Members have been notified, and the Academy posted a note on its web site Monday.
“In light of this weekend’s events in Orlando, Twentieth Century Fox Television and FX have decided not to proceed with tonight’s American Horror Story: Hotel FYC event. They appreciate your interest in their show, and apologize for canceling.”
Forty-nine people lost their lives when a shooter open fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, FL, early Sunday morning. The note on the TV Academy site also included a joint statement from FX and AHS producing studio 20th Century Fox TV.
“On behalf of everyone at Twentieth Century Fox Television and FX, our hearts break for the victims and survivors of this senseless tragedy. There are simply no words.”
Because of its horror theme, AHS is inherently violent, which likely contributed to the decision to cancel the Emmy event. Yesterday, the ATX TV Festival opted to cancel the Viewer Discretion Advised panel, headlined by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, which was to tackle the subject of violence on television.
Additionally, AHS co-creator/executive producer Ryan Murphy is a prominent figure in the gay community, often tackling important issues with his projects, including the Emmy-winning movie The Normal Heart.