The Mystery of Cherry Jones’ Bizarre Emmy Nomination Withdrawal

Last year, the lesbian actress Cherry Jones won the Emmy for best supporting actress in a drama for 24. This year, she could’ve been up for the award again for her part as President Allison Taylor, in which she’s appeared in more than 40 episodes. But she pulled her own name out of the running. What gives?

Fox says you’ve got to ask Jones, since the network only submits its shows for overall awards, while actors (and their agents) submit themselves for individual accolades. Might there be some bitter relations, then, between Jones and producers of 24? An earlier interview with Entertainment Weekly, among other places, suggests some animosity. Namely, that Jones felt the character sucked, if we may be so blunt.

And in a note to, Jones offers a vague non-answer that doesn’t reveal much, but does act to smooth things over (at least publicly) between she and 24‘s producers.

I love and adore everyone I worked with on 24 and am actively missing them. I relished playing poor old Allison Taylor’s descent into Logan Hell. Like all actors on 24 who realize their characters are being sent to the Dark Side, I resisted at first and then of course realized what a seductive playground the Dark Side presents for a dramatic actor.

This job has offered me time with my elderly parents, given me new lifelong friends, a bank account, and the memory of last year’s Emmy night which was one hell of a delicious ride. So honestly it never occurred to me (or my two dear agents who know me well) to submit me this year. One of the lessons in life is to know when to leave well enough alone and be grateful.

I will however be watching the Emmy’s from New York this year and rooting for all my 24 team and the other actors I’ve had the pleasure to get to know in Hollywood during my West Coast baptism.

O … K …

See? Doesn’t explain much. But it does raise a few possibilities about the move, including the chance that her agent or manager submitted her name for Emmy contention (these awards are as much for the handlers as they are for the talent), and she demanded it be taken back after she found out. Either way, Jones still has an Emmy on her mantle. But aren’t you only as good as your last accolade?

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  • Ricky

    What is the point of this? It seems to me like there is some serious between-the-line reading going on here.

  • 7

    To be fair, they writers made her character criminally weak-willed in this season’s last act, so much so that it ruined the character’s entire reputation. I can see why she’d be upset. She grew to familiarize herself with President Taylor, only to watch helplessly as she was broken down and thrown about like a rag doll at the twilight of the series.

    I was in my middle school drama club. So yeah.

  • Jennifer Palmer

    To clear things up a bit-Cherry’s agent in LA asked her last year if she wanted to enter the Emmy race and she said, “No.” Her LA agent then called her New York agent and the two agents entered her. She had fun with it last year, but will be on stage in NYC this year. She also gave her trophy to the crew last year, but now has a photo album of her colleagues and their families with the Emmy (and it’s not collecting dust at her place, as Cherry would say).

  • L

    I agree with what 7 says. It was completely out of character when they had her become a pawn to Logan. If they let it proceed the way President Taylor was naturally supposed to go she would’ve bitchslapped Logan for even making suggestions. It was too weird and I hated watching it.

    24 just got lazy and I don’t blame Cherry Jones for giving them the middle finger.

  • Shawn

    She’s so cool and so talented. It’s a shame that she didn’t get to star in the movie version of “Doubt” after having done it on stage.

  • christopher di spirito

    Maybe Cherry is embarrassed to be associated with a propaganda TV program, employing a script adviser from Homeland Security who helps the producers tweak the stories to subliminally get the message across that Empire-building is patriotic?

  • Queer

    “But aren’t you only as good as your last accolade?”

    No. What an idiotic and vapid statement.

  • Peter

    I couldn’t agree more, Queer. Cherry Jones is a treasure of the American Stage and isn’t exactly in need of an Emmy to prove herself. The content on this website gets more and more vapid.

  • edgyguy1426

    Thumbs up, 7, for the middle school drama comment!!!

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