EDEN SECRET: BAFTA chief quits after rows of claims on race and gender as critics claim she’s also become ‘too familiar with William and Kate’
As president of BAFTA, the Duke of Cambridge has had a major impact on the film and television industry, with his criticism of the lack of awards diversity leading to significant change.
Now, however, BAFTA boss Amanda Berry has resigned, with her critics claiming she has become “too familiar” with members of the royal family. My source claims that “Berry jumps before she gets pushed.”
She was allowed to leave safely. Berry has rubbed a lot of people the wrong way over the years and has become very familiar with members of the royal family. She liked to give the impression that William and Kate were friends with her.
Perry, 60, who has been chief executive since 2000, came under fire for awarding Dr. Who star Noel Clark an outstanding contribution to this year’s film award shortly before allegations of sexual misconduct against him surfaced.
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A month after Clarke got the bell, more than 20 women filed suits against the 46-year-old.
Clark denied any misconduct. “If anyone who has worked with me feels uncomfortable or disrespectful, I sincerely apologize,” he said in a statement at the time. He said he would seek professional help to “educate myself and change for the better.”
BAFTA suspended awarding him the award and Clark’s membership, but he was criticized for not looking at his alleged behavior more thoroughly.
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It came on the heels of Prince William’s criticism of the lack of awards diversity in 2020. All of the nominees in the four acting categories were white, while no women were nominated for Best Director, for the seventh consecutive year.
Berry says she won’t be leaving for more than a year, with BAFTA chief operating officer Kevin Price resigning first. “As we approach the 75th anniversary of BAFTA, I thought about what Kevin and I and the really great team have achieved at BAFTA, and it seems like a good time to plan to pass the mask on.”
A spokesman denied that Perry’s departure was related to Clark or her royal ties.