Recording Academy president/CEO Deborah Dugan is booked to appear on tomorrow’s Good Morning America (Jan. 23), Billboard has confirmed. On the show, she’s expected to detail her reasons behind why she filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Tuesday (Jan. 21) against the Academy, after she was placed on administrative leave on Jan. 16 amid allegations of workplace bullying.
Dugan will appear on the show’s coveted 7 a.m. time slot. Variety was first to report the news.
Outlined in her complaint, Dugan explained how she sent an email to the Academy’s managing director Shonda Grant on Dec. 22 alleging sexual harassment, “egregious conflicts of interest, improper self-dealing by Board members and voting irregularities with respect to nominations for Grammy Awards.” She said the behavior was made possible by the organization’s “boys’ club mentality and approach.”
In that emailed memo, Dugan claims that she has been subjected to sexual harassment by Joel Katz, the Academy’s outside general counsel and a former member and chair (1995-97) of the Academy’s board of trustees. Katz has denied the claims. She also says she was asked by current chair of the board John Poppo to rehire former Academy CEO Neil Portnow as a consultant at a $750,000 annual salary and that although she had been asked to take over Portnow’s position, she was being paid substantially less than her two male predecessors.
The Recording Academy has not responded to Billboard’s request for comment on Dugan’s planned appearance.