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Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich thinks about working with Recording Academy boss Neil Portnow



"It's a pity it will end like this."

Producer Ken Ehrlich who hosted the Grammy Awards since 1980 and the last 16 years with the Recording Academy Chairman / President Neil Portnow expressed disappointment over Billboard On Thursday (May 31) following news, Portnow had submitted his resignation.

"It is unfortunate because this partnership between the Academy, CBS, and myself was overwhelmingly positive, and I do not think I ever had such a cooperative relationship as I did between [CBS Entertainment executive vice president of specials, music and live events] Jack Sussman Neil and me." , he said. "It is a pity that it will end like this."

Portnow, who had hoped to extend his contract to expiration in July 201

9, will resign next summer and the 2019 Grammy Awards will be the last he and Ehrlich will work together.

Under Portnow, the Recording Academy signed a 10-year, multi-million dollar deal with CBS to keep the Grammys online by 2026. With Grammy Salutes, he has expanded the Grammy footprint to Bee Gees, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, and Elton John earlier this year.

However, this year's ratings for the show dropped 24 percent, according to Nielsen Media, averaging 19.8 million viewers overall, and a rating of 5.9 among adults 18-49, a new low. The Grammys were also because of missing prize winners in the criticism. Only one woman received a trophy during the 3.5-hour television broadcast. Despite the fact that the number of female and male performers in the series collapsed almost equally, the absence of female winners on stage and Portnow's later suggestion that women should "step up" spoiled the show.

"It's not fair to strike the Grammys with an anti-female balance," said Ehrlich, "but it may be fair to say that the Grammys were reflective, but not reflective enough."

Honest He spoke to Portnow Thursday morning after learning the news. "He was confident," said Ehrlich. "He was sad, but he was pragmatic and sincerely said that his concern for the future is the Academy and the heritage he has created."

For this reason, the book speaks in favor of Portnow, who took over the Recording Academy another turbulent time after the departure of the former head Michael Greene .

"I do not believe Neil has made the Academy [that turmoil] a stable, growing, believable [organization]] and affirmed what the Grammys stand for," said Ehrlich.

Ehrlich's contract to produce the Grammys will be completed in 2020. As for his future, he said, "I think I'll continue the show for the next two years and then we'll see what happens."


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