Stench of jet fuel overpowers the Critics’ Choice Awards


The choice for some guests at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Thursday night? Leave early.

The awards show was held this year in a Santa Monica, Calif., airport hangar, where some LA attendees were sensitive to the “smell of the pungent airplane fuel,” a source said, which made them “uncomfortable, queasy or downright nauseous.”

Some “attendees and publicists and celebrities left as early as they could,” said one olfactorily offended guest. “The seat fillers were busy.”

The source added, “The smell of the fuel was really gross. You couldn’t escape it fully. People at first were taken aback — then as the fuel smell kept hanging in the air, people were leaving early or just bearing it but not happy. Hope they don’t hold it in the same place next year, ’cause I’m not coming.”

But veteran Broadcast Film Critics Association president and show executive producer Joey Berlin told us, “Fake news. I never heard one word along these lines. And my seat was literally closest to the ­runway.”



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