WWE saw Kevin Dunn leave the company, and now Lee Fitting is in. There has already been some backlash about this decision among some in company, and now additional information is out about him.
Lee Fitting has been disqualified from future Emmy eligibility due to his involvement in a scheme that prompted ESPN to return over 30 fraudulently obtained awards. Fitting took over as WWE Head of Media and Production after Kevin Dunn’s retirement. Prior to his time in WWE, he was previously a senior vice president at ESPN, overseeing properties like College GameDay.
Before Lee Fitting’s departure from ESPN in December, it was uncovered that the network manipulated Emmy entries by inserting fake names, leading to the re-engraving of awards and their presentation to on-air personalities. This deceptive practice allowed individuals associated with College GameDay to receive recognition, even though the hosts were ineligible for inclusion in credit lists until 2023.
The Athletic’s recent report highlighted ESPN’s alteration of host names, including Kirk Herbstreit as Kirk Henry and Lee Corso as Lee Clark. When the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences sought verification of names in 2022, ESPN admitted to the use of fictitious names. Now, Lee fitting is not eligible to win an Emmy.
This is a bigger deal than you’d think. WWE has wanted an Emmy Award for a very long time. That being said, they’ve yet to win one. Now, with Lee Fitting as a part of WWE’s operation, and in this huge role, we have to wonder if that will affect the voting in the future.
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