We’re not sure how to feel about this. Caitlyn Jenner only received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPYS simply because…her rep asked? Well, at least according to a new report.
Poor Caitlyn Jenner, 65. The former Olympian — and recent recipient of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2015 ESPYS — is unfortunately unable to bask in the glory of winning the title as she’s been hit with claims that the honor was only given her because of a business agreement made between her rep and ABC — the network which broadcasts the annual sports ceremony. Read on for all the details!
The prestigious honor was given in exchange for publicity plugs on Caitlyn’s upcoming I Am Cait docuseries, RadarOnline alleges. Furthermore, the report insists that the reality star threatened to pull out of her 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer if she wasn’t handed the award. In case you’re confused, ABC is owned by parent company Disney, which also owns ESPN and the ESPYS.
“It was a brilliant move because the executives at ESPN loved the idea, and immediately began making sure it got done,” a source told the website. However, the negotiations started to stall which reportedly left Caitlyn’s agents ready to pull out of the 20/20 piece.
Apparently, the network and the 65-year-old’s PR team were eventually able to meet in the middle. “It was ironed out, and ABC owns one if the biggest stories of the year,” the outlet’s insider added. The road to accepting the award will be featured on Caitlyn’s E! TV show — which will undoubtedly garner much attention for the ESPYS.
Counteracting the claims, though, is a timeline that doesn’t quite line up with RadarOnline‘s story. The sit-down with Diane took place in late April and ESPYS producer Maura Mandt has said the final decision as to who the recipient would be wasn’t made until May after much deliberation with the Arthur Ashe Foundation.
HollywoodLifers — do YOU think Caitlyn only received the award because of negotiations made be her team? Let us know your thoughts!
— Evan Real