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.