Veep Actor's Emmy Nom Rescinded

Peter MacNicol appeared in too many episodes of 'Veep' to qualify as guest actor
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2016 8:12 AM CDT
Veep Actor's Emmy Nom Rescinded
In this Nov. 4, 2001, file photo, actor Peter MacNicol smiles at the 53rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shubert Theatre in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

Peter MacNicol's guest-starring role on Veep was apparently more "star" than "guest": The Television Academy announced Wednesday it was disqualifying his Emmy nomination for guest actor in a comedy series because he played Jeff Kane in one too many episodes for that category, CNNMoney reports. Emmy rules put into place last year note that only actors who've appeared in "less than 50% of the eligible episodes" can throw their hat in the ring for the guest performer categories, and MacNicol showed up in five out of the 10 episodes of the HBO series, Variety reports. He had only appeared in four episodes at the time his name was submitted, but he ended up showing up for just a few seconds in one more episode after the submission deadline had passed. "We are very sorry that Peter's brilliant performance will not be recognized," HBO says in a statement. (One show gained 23 nominations for the upcoming awards.)

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