Emmys Twist: Veep's Peter MacNicol Loses Guest Actor Nomination

Veep actor Peter MacNicol’s Emmy nomination has been vetoed.

Having last week been bestowed with his fourth career Emmy nod, for his turn as Jonah’s uncle Jeff Kane on the acclaimed HBO comedy, the Academy on Wednesday disqualified the actor, since he appeared in half of Veep‘s Season 5 episodes. Per Emmy rules, a nominee for guest actor must appear in “less than 50 percent” of his/her series’ eligible season.

A new nominee for Guest Actor in a Comedy will be announced imminently, to round out the list, which includes Bob Newhart (The Big Bang Theory), Tracy Morgan (Saturday Night Live), Larry David (Saturday Night Live), Bradley Whitford (Transparent) and Martin Mull (Veep).

The Hollywood Reporter first reported on MacNicol’s disqualification.

MacNicol’s mantle isn’t fated to be empty, however — he converted one of his previous Emmy nods, for his run as Ally McBeal‘s John Cage, into gold in 2001.

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  1. LT says:

    WOW. Has this type of thing ever happened before?

    • RC says:

      Yes. Henry Winkler was nominated for Comedy Series Guest Actor in 2000 for the short-lived Battery Park. After the nominations were announced, it was discovered that the episode he was nominated for was postponed from its original airdate and didn’t air until after the qualifying period was over. He was disqualified and replaced by another actor.

    • BillyBobJohnson says:

      Jason Sudeikis was disqualified this year when the producers of Last Man Standing submitted him in the Guest Actor category. He was in 11 of the show’s 18 episodes this year.

  2. anon says:

    Haha Stark, stinks to be you! No but seriously, wouldn’t they have realized that before nominating him?

  3. Rob says:

    This pisses me off beyond belief. Not only was it the Academy’s mistake in the first place, but he was in his fifth episode for all of 10 seconds. It shouldn’t be determined by how many episodes but rather how much screen time you have in those episodes. I know, more work for the Academy. Well, too bad. Also, if you had done your jobs in the first place, he never would’ve been nominated. Don’t rescind your nomination because of your own mistakes.

    • BillyBobJohnson says:

      The Academy does not submit nominations. The show’s producers submit nominations to the Academy for consideration. The producers should have known.

  4. dsrbroadway says:

    That’s crap. I think they just realized that he wa probably going to win and wouldn’t be able to give it to Bradley or Bob for the hundredth time

  5. Beth says:

    Yeah.. their mistake, they should let him stay in the race..

  6. Lisa says:

    Thats seriously messed up and not right of The Academy. They should give it back to him and let him compete. He should have never been up for it in the first place if thats the case

    • BillyBobJohnson says:

      Exactly. The producers, who submit names for nomination, should have been aware of the rules. They knew he would be making one more appearance after the nomination was submitted, which disqualified him. Live by the rules.

  7. christopher bee says:

    That´s effing stupid, is it the Trump Brigade who´s decided here ?
    Yeeez, but not the only bump of the very old whire men jury.
    Emmy´s getting to be a unwatchable “just another” Show.

  8. Randall Gerber says:

    Two words:Judd Hirsch

  9. johnhelvete says:

    I dont get the posts claiming this was a mistake of the Academy. From THR article “correct entry information is the responsibility of the entrant.”

    • Kinomaniak says:

      Exactly! But people who complain rarely look up rules. It’s a great thing they’re doing it because many times supporting players got away with submitting guest and even winning it! Good for Emmys to notice this fraud.

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  10. rahajicho says:

    Is Steve Harvey behind this?

  11. Jakay says:

    Now whoever replaces him will know they were in 7th place. The other nominees don’t know what order they were in.

  12. gitit says:


  13. BillyBobJohnson says:

    Rules are rules. Fifty percent or greater appearances, based on the number of episodes in a season, disqualifies you as a guest performer. You’re a supporting actor at that point. Deal with it. Next!